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ISBN13: 9780380978274
ISBN10: 038097827x
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This rather spooky story centers on Lucy, a girl who believes there are wolves in the walls of her home — and she's right! The ways she and her family deal with a houseful of wolves make for a captivatingly strange and winning tale.
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

"With their third book for young readers, Gaiman and illustrator McKean are on their way to becoming the post-millennial Brothers Grimm. As visually breathtaking as it is scary, The Wolves in the Walls will delight readers of all ages."
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There are sneaking,
creeping, crumpling
noises coming from
inside the walls.

Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of their house — and, as everybody says, if the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over. Her family doesn't believe her. Then one day, the wolves come out.But it's not all over. Instead, Lucy's battle with the wolves is only just beginning.

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"Gaiman's text rings with energetic confidence and an inviting tone....McKean expertly matches the tale's funny-scary mood." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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"Gaiman has one creepy imagination, and his goosebump-inducing tale is given full visual throttle by McKean's illustrations. Hand this to a jaded third or fourth-grader and watch their eyes get big — the better to see you with, my dear." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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"Gaiman and McKean deftly pair text and illustrations to convey a strange, vivid story....Children will delight in the 'scary, creepy tone' and in the brave behavior displayed by the intrepid young heroine." School Library Journal

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"The trend toward quirky, edgy picture books takes a turn toward the ultra-quirky and ultra-edgy....How best to describe the book? Quirky and edgy — edgy and quirky. And very, very strange." Claudia Mills, Children's Literature

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"The slyly deadpan text, rich in language and wordplay, never doubts Lucy's capacity to manage the chaos, but McKean's illustrations...[are] not for the faint of heart." Kirkus Reviews

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"The prose is deliciously entertaining, creeping and crumpling along with the imagery....In the vibrant world of children's fiction, Neil Gaiman has clearly shown that there is still room for experimentation and different ways of telling a story." Iain Emsley, January Magazine

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"[A] charmingly surreal trifle full of dream-logic twists and rhymes begging to be read aloud....There's nothing scary enough in The Wolves in the Walls to prevent it from becoming a much-requested bedtime read." Rachel Manija Brown, Green Man Review

Synopsis:

Lucy is sure there are wolves living in her walls — and everyone says if the wolves make their way out it is all over for her and her family. A wonderfully strange adventure from the New York Times-bestselling author of Coraline.

Synopsis:

An illustrated novel in which Lucy senses there are wolves living in the walls of her house. From Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, the writer and artist of the New York Times bestseller Coraline.

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, and the Sandman series of graphic novels, as well as Smoke and Mirrors, a collection of short fiction, and Coraline, a novel for readers of all ages. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in America.

Dave McKean has created illustrations and photographs for hundreds of CD, book, and comics covers as well as publishing projects with John Cale, Stephen King, and the Rolling Stones, and is probably best known for his graphic novels, including the best-selling Arkham Asylum and Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series. He also illustrated Gaiman's graphic novels Violent Cases, Signal to Noise, and Mr. Punch, and the children's books Coraline and The Day I Swapped My Dad For 2 Goldfish. He is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Cages, which won the Alph Art, Pantera, and Harvey Awards for Best Graphic Novel, and Pictures That Tick, which recently won the Victoria and Albert Museum Illustrated Book Awards Overall First Prize. He has written and directed several short films, and has contributed production designs for the second and third Harry Potter films. He lives in England.

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Book Dads, November 22, 2009 (view all comments by Book Dads)
Collaborators Gaiman and McKean are back, this time with a children’s book both haunting and whimsical that will resonate with children and adults alike. The pair, most famous for their work together on The Sandman graphic novel series, spin a tale about Lucy, who hears noises coming from the walls of her house. No one in her family – with the exception of her pig puppet – believes her claim that there are wolves living inside the walls. And besides, they tell her, everyone knows that “If the wolves come out of the walls, it’s all over.” But late one night, they do. Yet far from being over, the adventure is just getting started for this brave little girl and her family.

Gaiman is one of the premier fantasy writers of our time and his talents seem ably suited to children’s books, with their similarity to the comics format in which he made his reputation. As always, Gaiman’s stories are multilevel and steeped in metaphor, and Wolves is no exception despite being nominally written for children. For example, the wolves of the story can represent many things besides the night fears of children, including addiction and other destructive forces than can enter an adult’s life. And children respond to such symbolism instinctively, although the dark nature of the story may prove to be too much for younger children despite the lighter tones inserted by Gaiman. McKean has illustrated this book in his signature style, which combines drawing, painting, collage and found objects to create images both striking and haunting. Together, Gaiman and McKean have created a rarity, a children’s book that will be a rich experience for both children and grown adults.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780380978274
Illustrations by:
McKean, Dave
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Illustrator:
McKean, Dave
Author:
Gaiman, Neil
Author:
McKean, Dave
Author:
by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
Location:
New York
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Dwellings
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Wolves
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
107-759
Publication Date:
August 5, 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from K
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
56
Dimensions:
10 x 10 x 0.25 in 19.12 oz
Age Level:
100

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Product details 56 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780380978274 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This rather spooky story centers on Lucy, a girl who believes there are wolves in the walls of her home — and she's right! The ways she and her family deal with a houseful of wolves make for a captivatingly strange and winning tale.

"Staff Pick" by ,

"With their third book for young readers, Gaiman and illustrator McKean are on their way to becoming the post-millennial Brothers Grimm. As visually breathtaking as it is scary, The Wolves in the Walls will delight readers of all ages."

"Review" by , "Gaiman's text rings with energetic confidence and an inviting tone....McKean expertly matches the tale's funny-scary mood."
"Review" by , "Gaiman has one creepy imagination, and his goosebump-inducing tale is given full visual throttle by McKean's illustrations. Hand this to a jaded third or fourth-grader and watch their eyes get big — the better to see you with, my dear."
"Review" by , "Gaiman and McKean deftly pair text and illustrations to convey a strange, vivid story....Children will delight in the 'scary, creepy tone' and in the brave behavior displayed by the intrepid young heroine."
"Review" by , "The trend toward quirky, edgy picture books takes a turn toward the ultra-quirky and ultra-edgy....How best to describe the book? Quirky and edgy — edgy and quirky. And very, very strange."
"Review" by , "The slyly deadpan text, rich in language and wordplay, never doubts Lucy's capacity to manage the chaos, but McKean's illustrations...[are] not for the faint of heart."
"Review" by , "The prose is deliciously entertaining, creeping and crumpling along with the imagery....In the vibrant world of children's fiction, Neil Gaiman has clearly shown that there is still room for experimentation and different ways of telling a story."
"Review" by , "[A] charmingly surreal trifle full of dream-logic twists and rhymes begging to be read aloud....There's nothing scary enough in The Wolves in the Walls to prevent it from becoming a much-requested bedtime read."
"Synopsis" by , Lucy is sure there are wolves living in her walls — and everyone says if the wolves make their way out it is all over for her and her family. A wonderfully strange adventure from the New York Times-bestselling author of Coraline.
"Synopsis" by , An illustrated novel in which Lucy senses there are wolves living in the walls of her house. From Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, the writer and artist of the New York Times bestseller Coraline.
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