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Both Coraline and The Wolves in the Walls have brave heroines. Are Coraline or Lucy inspired by anyone you know?

Coraline was a little bit my daughter Holly when she was young, and Lucy is a little bit my daughter Maddy, when she was younger, but both of them are utterly their own selves. Maddy dreamed that there were wolves in the walls when she was little, and that they came out, which was where I got the idea for the story...

I think both Coraline and The Wolves in The Walls are about bravery, in very different ways: about fighting back and dealing with the things that scare you.

How did you and Dave McKean create a book together? Do you write and then he illustrates, or do you get together and make it all happen?

Mostly I start the book, with the idea and the words, and then Dave takes the words and does magic to them. He's my toughest critic, so if he likes something I know it will work.

I like it when he goes off and does the pictures, because they are always a surprise to me.

What would you personally find the most frightening thing to discover in the walls of your house?

A hard question. First I thought wolves, then I thought spiders or snakes — big ones — and then I thought monsters. But on reflection, I think the answer is probably lawyers.

Did you ever have a friend like pig-puppet?

I didn't, but Liam McKean, Dave's son, certainly did. In fact, when he was about two, I got an urgent phone call from his mother asking me to go and buy another pig-puppet just like the first one (which was bought near my house, although Dave and Clare live thousands of miles from me) because Liam would not let go of the pig puppet long enough for Clare to wash it.

So I sent the substitute pig-puppet, and Liam reluctantly let the first pig-puppet be washed.

Liam has a life-sized plastic pig in his bedroom, too, big enough to ride.

And finally, what advice would you give to anyone who heard sneaking, creeping, crumpling noises coming from the walls inside their house?

Hmm. Sounds like wolves to me. And if the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over...

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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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Illustrations by:
McKean, Dave
McKean, Dave
McKean, Dave
by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
Gaiman, Neil
New York
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Humorous Stories
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Horror & Ghost Stories
Comics & Graphic Novels
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - Fantasy
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Graphic Novels
Fantasy & Magic
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
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1st ed.
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Publication Date:
August 5, 2003
Grade Level:
from K
10 x 10 x 0.25 in 19.12 oz
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"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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