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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (July 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075695438X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756954383
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 25 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Hyman on Oct. 10 2003
Format: Hardcover
I discovered Neil Gaiman in the airport bookstore on a recent business trip. I became a convert after reading the first few pages of "American Gods". What a delight it was to find that my newest, favoritest author also writes children's books. ...
Parents beware, this book is scarier for adults than it is for kids. Adults remember the things that scared them at night, in a distorted sort of way. Creatures living in the walls seems to be one of those things that might have given us nightmares when we were kids. However, for me, the scariest part wasn't the wolves themselves, but the unsettling notion that there was so much space behind the walls. What other things might live in the invisible spaces of our homes? <Shiver....>
Despite my own perspective of the story, my ... son admires Lucy's courage. You see, you cannot tell a story about overcoming your fears without the idea of "fear" itself. WitW delivers just enough fear to compel the reader. The ending is light-hearted and fun, so make sure your children read the book to its completion.
The illustrations are top-notch and really compliment the mood of the story well. They are a little unsettling, to be sure, but I also remember how I loved the terrifying illustrations in "Where the Wild Thigs Are" as a child.
Creepy, funny, and heroic, WitW is destined to become a classic picture book. ...
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2014
Format: Paperback
The world of Neil Gaiman is a weird, unsettling, whimsical place where strange things are lurking just under the surface... and yes, that includes his kids' books. "The Wolves in the Walls" is a perfect example, which mingles Gaiman's slightly eerie storytelling with Dave McKean's equally eerie artwork. It's a perfect story for kids with slightly dark tastes.

Lucy can hear noises coming from inside the walls -- "They were hustling noises and bustling noises. They were crinkling noises and crackling noises." She tries to tell her mother, brother and father, but her mother dismisses the idea that there are wolves inside the walls. After all, "if the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over." So they claim that the noises are mice, rats and bats.

But as time goes on, Lucy continues to hear the wolves "clawing and gnawing, nibbling and squabbling," and feels eyes watching her. And one night, the wolves rip out of the walls, sending Lucy's family running out into the night. And it turns out that wolves are very poorly behaved...

"The Wolves in the Walls" starts out as a very creepy, almost horrific story, with wolves inside the walls and eyes staring from knotholes. But Gaiman's puckish sense of humor comes out in the second half, which shows that the wolves aren't quite as scary as we initially thought. They seem more interested in being the most obnoxious squatters that a G-rated book can show.

And while the story is aimed at children, Gaiman injects some little jokes that seem aimed more at adults ("'What?' said the Queen of Melanesia, who had dropped by to help with the gardening").

Dave McKean's artwork perfectly suits the story as well.
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Format: Paperback
This book could not be better for reading aloud with an audience of children. The varied characters make coming up with voices oddly simple, and the wide-eyes and gasps from the kids makes it completely worthwhile, even if it's not normally your thing. (My reading was to a group of cousins last Halloween. Amazing.)

And if the parents think the book is too scary (sigh), don't hesitate to skip ahead and show them the lesson: That fears are made to be overcome. Not only that, but the artwork is a beautiful combination of illustrations and photos (not sure what it's called).

Great book, from an always-amazing author, Neil Gaiman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Young on Aug. 20 2003
Format: Hardcover
Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. Often working in the realms of science fiction and fantasy in his writing for "adults," Gaiman has successfully carried his creativity, masterful storytelling, respect for his audience, and of course, his charming British wit, into his children's stories. Following "The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish," and "Coraline," Gaiman brings children and adults alike an adventurous tale in "The Wolves in the Walls."
Our heroine, Lucy, is convinced that wolves live in the walls of her house. Her mum, dad, and brother brush off her assertions, until the wolves finally come out. Driven from the house, Lucy takes it upon herself to solve her family's dilemma.
The best thing about Neil Gaiman as a children's author is his clear respect for kids. He knows kids aren't stupid, and his stories make children the heroes, using their unique point of view to conquer their own fears and rescue their loved ones. Lucy in "Wolves" is no exception: she's definitely a kid - she consults with her pig puppet frequently - but she's not helpless - she saves the day in the end.
Gaiman's longtime collaborator, Dave McKean, makes this story truly special. His unique artistic notions have made him famous in the comic book world (especially for his cover art for Gaiman's "Sandman" series) and his work in "Wolves," covering a wide range of styles, makes this story visually exciting.
The vivid story and art might scare the youngest of children, but nobody is put in real danger, and most children (and adults, too!) will find this exciting tale a pleasure to read aloud.
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