The Wolves in the Walls

The Wolves in the Walls

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Overview

Lucy hears sneaking, creeping,
crumpling noises
coming from inside
the walls.

She is sure there are
wolves living in
the walls
of her house.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380810956
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/26/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 237,653
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.


Dave McKean is best known for his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman series of graphic novels and for his CD covers for musicians from Tori Amos to Alice Cooper. He also illustrated Neil Gaiman's picture books The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls, and Crazy Hair. He is a cult figure in the comic book world, and is also a photographer.

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England

Education:

Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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The Wolves in the Walls 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this to my child,since she asked for it many a night.It makes for a good story to tell before bedtime,and we may need a new book,from being read too much,since the spine is losing its grip on the pages.Lucy hears noises that her family misses entirely,blaming rats,and when the truth comes out she was right,there's no rubbing it in just how to take back what is rightfully theirs.I'd say this is a story about how a young girl inspires her family to fight to get their home back from jam-and-toast loving wolves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After recently reading the Sandman series and given that I'd heard that this was coming out,I read it to my daughter,who has requested it daily.The story of Lucy,who has more insight to the safety of her home against her parents,who say she's reacting to an overactive imagination and hearing things;that she eventually rallies them to take action to remove the wolves altogether.I'd recommend this book to anyone who has felt the need for something different at night.
FaeryArbiter More than 1 year ago
The artwork is beautiful and the story is fun.
JapaG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The wolves in the walls is not a children's literature masterpiece. But it is a very interesting book. The book presents a delightfully Gaimanesque off-tilt story. But what makes the book better than average is the art by McKean. He again uses his mixed technique to bring moments of wonderment to the reader. Many times I was left wondering whether I was looking at a photograph or a painting (or where the painting stopped and the photograph started)...
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great kid's book, and a treat for adults as well!
JusticeEvans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucy knows that there are wolves in the walls of her house, and as all of her family humoursly says, "When the wolves come out... Its all over!" Wonder what "it" is is among many playful questions about reality posed in this book. When the wolves do indeed come out, they eat all the ice cream and party in Lucy's house.This book makes kids laugh, is great for getting moderately creepy and has very interesting illustrations in a collage style. Great for showing new forms of illustration and for encouraging kids to tell weird, creepy stories, if that is their thing.
aleahmarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little Lucy hears something in the walls of her house. "It's mice," says her mother. "It's rats," says her dad. "Bats!" yells her brother. But Lucy and her pig-puppet know what it really is. There are definitely wolves in the walls! Neil Gaiman does it again. A creepy, spooky tale with a light enough touch to make it a perfect fit for most kids. The spine-tingling factor is knocked up a few notches thanks to the artwork of Dave McKean. Collages and pencil drawings lurk through the pages, with a wolf eye peeking out from time to time. Even my 11-year-old step-son had to admit, "That's creepy!" A perfect Halloween family read!
bragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucy is certain she hears wolves in the walls of her house, but her family tell her that can't be true. Besides, everyone knows that when the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over. This graphic novel for kids is beautifully and creatively illustrated, and it somehow manages to be pleasantly creepy while also being cute and silly and fun. I'm rating it four stars, but I suspect that if it somehow fell through a time machine, giving me the chance to read it as a kid, it would have been a five-star childhood favorite.
breezelindsey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An Idealic family of four,a mother,father,son,and daughter. All is well untill the girl hear wolves in the wall. of course she is not believed by her family. Until they cone out the walls.The story takes a turn for the weird when the family moved into the walls. It is very orginal and imaginative tale.I was not a fan of the dark color similar to the moive Nightmare Before Christmas type of illustrations. The book may become tiresome to read out loud. The story definately is humorous.As an assignment 1.I would have the students draw a picutres of wolves. I could tell them about wovles.2.I could intoduce the students to words that have sound, Onomatopoeia.
berethalindsey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An Idealic family of four,a mother,father,son,and daughter. All is well untill the girl hear wolves in the wall. of course she is not believed by her family. Until they cone out the walls.The story takes a turn for the weird when the family moved into the walls. It is very orginal and imaginative tale.I was not a fan of the dark color similar to the moive Nightmare Before Christmas type of illustrations. The book may become tiresome to read out loud. The story definately is humorous.As an assignment 1.I would have the students draw a picutres of wolves. I could have the students tell me about the wovles they drew. 2.I could intoduce the students to words that have sound, Onomatopoeia
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucy is scared, she hears wolves in the walls but her family doesn't believe her. Each one suggests what it might be and then says anyways if it was wolves "then it's all over". Lucy has no idea what "it" is. But then one night the wolves do come out of the walls and the whole family runs down the hill and camps out for a few night wondering where they should move to. Lucy is the now only one brave enough to coax her family into getting their own house back.Wonderful story, probably a bit too scary for very young children but olders will find it just the right amount of scary without being frightening. And it's funny too! I was surprised when I saw the illustrator was Dave McKean because I hated his work in The Graveyard Book, and many of my readers agreed with me. This book is obviously done in McKean's signature style. Full colour pages and a wonderful mixed-media art with collage, painting, sketching and slightly Picasso-like faces. Highly recommended!
serpentkills on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucy hears sneaking, creeping, crumpling noises coming from inside the walls. She is sure there are wolves living in the walls of her house. But, as everybody says, if the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over.I don't often indulge myself with buying children's books, but the whole premise of this one was just so weird I really couldn't help myself. What's it about? It is about exactly what it says it's about. Lucy hears the noises and warns her family, but of course they don't believe her -- until the wolves come out of the walls. And that's when it gets more than a little creepy.The two things that I love about kids' books are the wonderfully ridiculous stories they contain and the art they use to tell those stories. Dave McKean's art isn't like anyone else's that I've ever seen and it's perfect for this story. At turns creepy and cute, I just love his style. It's bizarre in the best possible way.All in all, this is a fantastic children's book that I wouldn't actually recommend reading to small children -- unless of course they're not yours and you don't have to be around when they wake up in the middle of the night screaming about critters in the walls, in which case I say go for it. ;)
StephanieWA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What an excellent combination to be found in Neil Gaiman's rich text and Dave McKean's eery mixed media illustrations! Gaiman's story of the courageous Lucy who braves the wild wolves to get her family back in their home will appeal to children who like scary stories and to those who want to see a strong female character. McKean's illustrations match the text very well and lend an odd, creepy and surreal tone to the story.
karafrib on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When the wolves come out of the walls, it is up to Lucy to convince her family that they are capable of saving their home. ¿Everybody knows that when the wolves come out of the walls, it¿s all over.¿ These are the cryptic words repeated by Lucy`s mother, father, and brother in Neil Gaiman¿s picture book, The Wolves in the Walls. Lucy is certain that the noises¿¿hustiling, bustling, crinkling, crackling¿-- she hears emanating from the walls of her house are wolves, but the rest of her family insists that it is something normal like rats or bats. After all, if the wolves were to come out of the walls, it would all be over¿even though no one can clarify what ¿it¿ is. Frustrated, Lucy talks to her beloved pig puppet about the wolves, and her family is eventually forced to believe her when the wolves come bounding out of the walls one dark night. Terrified, the family flees to the garden, but when Lucy realizes she¿s forgotten her pig puppet she bravely ventures back to the house by herself where she finds the wolves making a mess of everything from her mother¿s homemade jams to Lucy¿s socks. When Lucy returns to the garden she bravely rallies her family members --who are all ready to move elsewhere--to re-take their home. With a combination of characters and situations that feel both real as well as quirky and off-beat, this picture book stands out from the pack. Dave McKean¿s illustrations that combine actual photographs with drawing perfectly emphasize the overall sense of a mingling of reality and fantasy that characterizes this book. Lucy is a plucky heroine, and certain scenes¿such as going back to the house for a beloved toy¿create emotions that children, as well as adults who remember a cherished toy from their childhood, will appreciate. A tuba playing father, jam making mother, and video game playing brother make up Lucy¿s slightly unconventional family and add defining characteristics to the supporting characters. While the story is dark, it is not so much so that it is scary, making The Wolves in the Walls appealing to a wide age-range of children. It would also make a fun read-aloud and would be ideal for asking children to project what will happen in future pages or to create their own stories about what else might be living in the walls. Recommended for grades 2-6.
lrb209 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this picture book by Neil Gaiman, Lucy begins to hear noises coming from the walls of her home. As she tries to explain to her family the noises that she hears at night they simply tell her that it is mice, rats, or bats that are there. However, to the family's surprise, little Lucy is correct in what she hears and wolves come out of the walls one night and make themselves at home. The Wolves in the Walls is a cute story for young children to read and the pictures are beautiful as well. It is an easy read for beginners and I believe that children will love reading it and looking at the drawings inside.
edenjean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is far too quiet in Lucy's house at night, but then, she hears a howling, yowling, bumping, and thumping, and then the wolves came out of the walls.Lucy must overcome her fears and brave the horrors of her family's house that has been taken over by messy, partying wolves. A heroine in typical Neil Gaiman style, Lucy cleverly defeats the wolves and takes her house back in the end, despite the wolves' strength, tenacity, ability to speak, and propensity for beating high video game scores. The children's stories written by Neil Gaiman are not for the faint of heart or wolf-fearing among us. Illustrator Dave McKean paints Gaiman's imaginative fancies into masterpieces of adventure like none you have ever seen. The artist uses a combination of pencil, paper, paint, and digital design to develop the dark-toned images iconic of his works.
Zmrzlina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story, scary only in the very beginning then incredibly logical and satisfying. You got to love Lucy. She is so sensible and determined. And the artwork, oh my goodness...Dave McKean is just amazing.
MistyStarlight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you like Gaiman or McKean's art you need to pick this up, but be careful in deiced whether or not to read it you young kids. The story is good but could scare young children.This book is has New York Times Best Illustrated Books Award and has been put on as a successful play by the National Theatre of Scotland.
ezwicky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Who can resist a visually interesting book with a strong heroine, a couple of good morals (don't believe everything you're told, and standing up for yourself will drive away bullies), plus a gratuitous mention of the Queen of Melanesia? Oh, and both parents are present but the mother is the primary wage-earner. Downside: Scary ravenous wolves come out of the walls. My daughter loved it starting at 2.5 (she found it by mistake!) but we spend a lot of time discussing the fact that wolves can only live in big, old walls, not little, new walls like the ones in our house.
hpatey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was dubious about reading this to my kids (aged five and eight) until I'd had a good look at it myself, but since I'm a rabid Gaiman fan I bought it anyway, thinking I could always leave it until they were a bit older. No way. The eight-year-old looked through it and started laughing, and so I read it out loud to both... and the five-year-old has wanted it at bedtime for weeks. Bottom line: judge for yourself if your kids will be scared, but if they can handle it, they will love it. It's a fun story, and not just for kids!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this with my iPhobe Nook app. I wasn't able to listen to the story on my phone or my Nook. Feeling kinda ripped off.
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