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The Wolves in the Wallsby Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
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.
"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."
Synopses & Reviews
There are sneaking,
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.
"Gaiman's text rings with energetic confidence and an inviting tone....McKean expertly matches the tale's funny-scary mood." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"[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
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.
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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