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The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman
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Oct 17, 2011

really liked it
Read in October, 2011

In Lucy's house, grown-ups and older brothers don't listen to little girls. This is a spooky and creepy story about strange noises and the underlying fear that one day "it will all be over". Lucy's predictions come true and she proves to be the wise one in the face of fear and homelessness in her attempt to be reunited with her pig-puppet.

This is a great imaginative story that has a reasonably happy if not somewhat disconcerting ending for Lucy can still hear funny (elephant sized) noises in the walls! I would be careful not to read this with younger sensitive classes as it is a little haunting, however with a confident year three or four class it would be excellent for its use of higher level sentence structure and descriptive words. The illustrations are a great example of mixing different media and you could get the children to identify the techniques that they can see in use in the illustrations.
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