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Lucy hears sneaking, creeping,
crumpling noises
coming from inside
the walls.

She is sure there are
wolves living in
the walls
of her house.

But, as everybody says, if the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over.
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Paperback, 56 pages
Published 2003 by HarperCollins
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Airiz
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Am I the only one who thought this is a mishmash of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Rats in the Walls” and the classic wolf-riddled admonitory bedtime stories like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”? The Wolves in the Walls, a collab work by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, is yet another landmark tale that speaks directly to young readers while teaching a few lessons like open communication in the family.

SPOILER-ISH! Basically the story revolves around Lucy (aka the girl who cried wolf), w
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Jaya
What a strange-spooky little thing of a book (for kiddies?) with some very interesting artwork.
Ok. I am really spooked
Anne
Mar 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
My kids really liked it. My eight year old son read it and thought it was good. He thought the illustrations were cool because the people had "spooky" eyes. I read it to my six year old son and my four year old daughter, and they liked it also. My little girl actually made me read it to her twice. Her only complaint was that the wolves were just regular old wolves and not werewolves. Go figure.
I think some younger kids might find the story a little bit scary, so be careful if your kids spook ea
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's the art and the illustration that will actually creep you out. Like a damn nightmare you cannot come out of. They are gory. Not the black and white or blood red gory but gory.

Story, plot and the characters do not do much. But nevertheless a unique book.
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Sommer
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Haha, ok - the below review is one I wrote on Amazon.com in October of 2003. A review, I might add, that was found to be useful by 9 out of 9 Amazon members. Wow, I know, wow...


I recently read this book outloud to my cousin and he LOVED it! The book is so intuitive and allows so much expression and voice intonation. The characters are distinct individuals and I could instantly find their voice. The art is simply amazing - I've been a fan of McKean for years. I really don't think kids should be u
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catherine ♡
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I'm sure this would've been spookier if I had the images (I listened to it), but nevertheless it had the same delightful bedtime story vibe to it. ...more
Robert
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a great story about parents not listening to their daughter and said daughter saving their home. It also has wolves...in the walls! It comes with a CD of Gaiman reading the story aloud, which I haven't heard yet...but if the readings from The Ocean at the End of the Lane I heard him give last week are anything to go by, it should be excellent. It is just the kind of story that should be read aloud, too, full of the rhythms and repeated refrains that fit with oral story telling.

McKean's i
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Ronyell
Jan 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children ages 6 and up
Dave McKean’s illustrations are both haunting and hilarious at the same time. The wolves are portrayed as drawings made by a child, as it is implied on the front cover of the book. The wolves are also drawn in both a frightening and humorous way throughout the book. A great example of an image where the wolves display both terror and humor is in the image of the wolves being shown in creepy shadows as they are watching television and are laughing their heads off. Another advantage that this book ...more
Cori Reed
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was super creepy, but very enjoyable! If your little is easily scared be warned!
Tanja
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
I usually love Neil Gaiman’s books, but this one did not do it for me.
All the elements are there, an odd little book with the perfect amount of scary and funny, but there was just something missing. It felt too familiar.
It might be Dave McKean’s artwork, which is, in fact, the creepiest thing in the book, but it looked way too similar to Coraline. Or it might be that the story itself resembled Coraline (which I read first), so this felt like déjà vu.
Abigail
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gaiman Fans / Readers Looking for Creepy Picture-Books
Shelves: picture-books
Lucy warns her parents and little brother that there are wolves in the walls of their house, but they each insist that the noise she is hearing is made by mice, rats, or bats. Then the wolves come out of the walls, and it is all over. Or is it? Fortunately, Lucy has to return to get her beloved pig-puppet and, at her prompting, her family also return. Now they are living in the walls...

One of a number of children's book collaborations between author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Dave McKean - othe
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Mochizuki
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bedtime
The Wolves in the Walls is a story about Lucy and her family, and how they have wolves living in their walls - or at least that's what Lucy thinks. She hears scratching and nibbling in the walls and is convinced that the noises are coming from the wolves. But everyone that Lucy tells (her mom, dad and brother,) dismisses her concerns with more believable explanations. Little do they know, Lucy isn't that far-fetched...

The illustrations of this book are magnificent and amazing, making the entire
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Sara Williams
Book #1 REVEZATONA

Soooo adorable! Once again, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean combined their skills and created a lovely little illustrated book with a satisfatory plot. The illustrations are incredible, even though I'm not the biggest fan of this art style.
This is the story of a little girl who starts hearing Wolves inside the walls of her house, but no one seems to believe her, until the wolves invade therir home. Of course, parents never listen to their children.
I certainly enjoyed it.
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Amina
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Watch out! something can be living in your walls, and when it comes out.. it's all over..
Simply brilliant.
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Josiah
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neil Gaiman is an entertaining, profoundly insightful author, and has demonstrated it again in this book. The Wolves in the Walls is half graphic novel and half picture book, taking the best parts of both and swirling them into a story that has a word or two to say about the hidden "wolves in the walls" that conspire to upend our lives.

Lucy is the first member of her family to recognize the scratching sounds within the walls of their home as the sound of wolves poised to take over and eject the
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Nikoo Karimzad
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Seems you don't have "impossible" in your dictionary, Neil :') ...more
Kemora Johnson
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love the way his imagination works. The author as always pulls me into every tale he makes and I go in just begging for more. Love it and as always

Happy reading everyone 😍
Tatevik
Gaiman sitting in his office deciding what he should write and talking to himself in play roles.
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'I'm gonna write about a little girl named Coraline.'
'No, maybe Lucie is better.'
'But I could play a trick with Coraline and make her annoyed with everybody pronouncing her name incorrect.'
'And what about the story? I want some rats, and wolves, and creepy clone parents, and maybe elephants.'
'I need the girl to be more courageous and mature than the parents put together.'
'Oh, why don't I have 2 storie
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Glitterbomb
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, that was a crazy read! It was dark and twisty and funny and charming, all at the same time. The illustrations are unreal (!) and tie in with the story brilliantly! I am utterly enchanted!

Michael
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Spooky! Not for the faint of heart: my five year old almost had nightmares over this one. But it is so atmospheric and alluring, you can't stop reading! ...more
Valerie
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A Summary/A Thoughtful Review:
This dark and suspenseful picture book, more appropriate for an older audience of upper elementary to middle school-aged readers, will appeal to those looking for an eerier side of fantasy. Neil Gaimen writes a thrilling story about a anixous, yet curious girl, Lucy, who believes there are wolves living in the walls of her house. As her father, mother, and brother continue to deny the reality of this situation, Lucy, on the other hand, continues to hear "sneaking,
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Josiah
Mar 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Neil Gaiman is an entertaining, profoundly insightful author, and has demonstrated it again in this book. The Wolves in the Walls is half graphic novel and half picture book, taking the best parts of both and swirling them into a story that has a word or two to say about the hidden "wolves in the walls" that conspire to upend our lives.

Lucy is the first member of her family to recognize the scratching sounds within the walls of their home as the sound of wolves poised to take over and eject the
...more
Amy
Jun 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I am always looking for unique, quality storybooks to keep on my shelves long after my children have children. I struggle to find something special in between "I love you Forever" and "Dumb Bunnies". Sometimes I think I find it when I see breathtaking illustrations, often to be disappointed when the words aren't in the same league. This book absolutely has both. If your children get scared easily- mine do not- then I might skip this one. It is written in fairytale prose and that may keep some ki ...more
Kathryn
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
We love this book! It is fast becoming a favorite in my house. Sooo much fun to read aloud. I can make my 5 year old jump every time and he loves it. The art is amazing but the writing really stands out as something extra special, especialy considering that this is a children's story. I rarely recommend buying a children's book outright considering that your library is readily available, children's books are quick reads, and kids attention spans are notoriously short but this book I can wholehea ...more
Carly
Aug 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Neil Gaiman fans
Probably one of the only picture books I really, really like. Creepy as all heck, though. Come to think of it, that's probably why I like it. ...more
Rahma
Dec 04, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I don’t think I get the point of this story, hence why I’m not giving it any rating.
Kells Next Read
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick, Whimsical, kinda spooky read. 👍
Zahrah Al-Merei
As a Neil Gaiman fan I absolutely loved the writing in this story, not sure if the illustrations, as beautiful as they are, would go down well with some children, but overall the story is intriguing and not like any other children's book I've read before. ...more
Isobel
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good book that children will enjoy reading! This book could be used as an English stimulus to encourage children to create their own story on an animal in the wall.
Anya
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audiobook.. read by the author.
I like a lot Neil Gaiman's voice.. and the feeling was very Coraline-like, and since Coraline is one of my favourite books ever that was nice. The story is really short, just the lenght of a bedtime story, and slightly repetitive in a childlike style, but I was engrossed and ready to give it another five stars.. the ending was very nice.. but the epiogue was a bit overused.. so 4,5 stars rounded down to four but I'd still like to read it to my child if I ever had a
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“There are sneaking,
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noises coming from
inside the walls.”
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“Anyway, you know what they say about wolves," said her father. "If the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over."

"Who says that?" asked Lucy.

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