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The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman
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Apr 24, 09

bookshelves: childrens-books, fave-author, storybook
Read in April, 2008

I love the quirky story! The story is fairy tale like but maybe a bit too terrifying for really young children (reminds me of "Coraline").

This picture book displays the striking characteristics of a graphic novel: numerous four-panel pages opening into spreads that include painted people; scratchy ink-lined wolves (with their red glowing eyes); and photographed, computer-manipulated images courtesy of the great Dave McKean.

Lucy hears wolves hustling, bustling, crinkling, and crackling in the walls of the old house where her family lives, but no one believes her. Her mother says its mice, her brother says bats, and her father says what everyone seems to say, "If the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over." Lucy doesn't know what means but she & her family later found out when the wolves actually do come out of the walls.

Her family was forced to sleep at the bottom of the garden while they put forth suggestions as to where they should stay. Lucy was the one who refused to give up their house. When the family can't stand it anymore, they burst forth from the walls, scaring the wolves, who shout, "And when the people come out of the walls, it's all over!"


Book Details:

Title The Wolves in the Walls
Author Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
Reviewed By Purplycookie
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