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The Wolves in the Walls Paperback – Illustrated, 4 Oct 2004
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When Lucy hears noises from behind the wall she tries to warn her parents that there are wolves banging about. But her parents don't listen. When the wolves finally take over the house and Lucy and her family are evicted to live in the garden her parents realise perhaps they should have listened. But Lucy is no shrinking violet and pretty soon she has the wolves out and the family back in the house. So what was that noise Lucy heard coming from behind the wall...? A brilliant, witty and inventive picture book with cutting-edge art, which is sure to be a hit with existing fans of Neil Gaiman as well as young readers.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the best-selling, multi-prize-winning author of many books for adults, among them novels and graphic novels. He is also a screenplay writer and the author of Coraline and The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish for the children's audience. Neil is British and lives in America. Dave McKean is a long-time collaborator of Neil's and has worked with him on many titles, including The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish. Dave is also a film-maker and he lives in Sevenoaks in Kent. .
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Dave McKean seems to have added a new depth to his illustrations, adding a richer feel to his near-perfect synergy with Neil Gaiman's texts. He echoes the economy of the words, with a small number of key images defining the world perfectly with no superfluous crowding - this is not to say it is sparse - the place is vidily rich - with hints of wolves and perhaps even an elephant if you look hard enough.
The typography is also wonderful for young readers because it virtually scores how to read the text out loud, it is near impossible to read without moving your lips.
The plot is firmly in the world of make-up stories with kids - a ordinary (ish) family in a real house . . . and a little turn of phrase that comes to transform their world. Once you've said "everyone knows that when the Wolves come out of the walls . . . " everything that follows makes perfect sense and generates heaps of giggles too.
One night Lucy hears a mysterious sound...
I would say the age range is 7-11. This book is good for people that enjoy mysterious. Only a few of the pictures are photographed, and the rest are really good pictures. Some words are small and some BIG and BOLD.
I really enjoyed this book because the pictures are very good. Also, the story is good for talking about differences and feelings.
Review written by Tilly (aged 10) in Miss Wild's class.
I like the story because the writer, Neil Gaiman, has added suspense to his writing. Dave McKean (the illustrator) has done a good job because I like the look of messy pictures. In the story, it is very creepy. Thestory is left with a cliffhanger. I recommend this book for... everybody! The reason why I like this book is because Lucy is the only one that loves her house and she comes up with all the ideas. The author is the same person who wrote Coraline.
Review written by Caitlin (aged 10) in Miss Wild's class.
I like this story because it builds up a lot of tension. The moral of the story is to listen to others. I like it when certain words are in BOLD. This story is based on a family of 4. I recommend it to primary school children. If you do get this book, I think you will find it very interesting.
Review written by Alfie (aged 10) in Miss Wild's class.
Neil Gaiman (who wrote the book) must have a good imagination. I recommend this book to children because I think it is really exciting and there are not many tricky words. The girl and her family go on a mysterious advernture.
Review written by Zuneira (aged 9) in Miss Wild's class.
I like this book because it's interesting and very fascinating to me. This story is about a girl called Lucy who has wolves in the walls. Many children might like these books and teenagers or adults too, maybe. This is a very funny book and has lots of added detail to it. It is child-friendly! I hope you like it. Neil Gaiman is the author and Dave McKean is the illustrator. This book creates lots of suspense and tension in a good way. The pages look like realistic drawings which is amazing. If you read this, thanks a lot. Hopefully you enjoy it! I recommend this book to everyone.
Review written by Grace (aged 10 tomorrow!) in Miss Wild's class.
'The Wolves in the Walls' is a very good book. Neil is the writer and there are amazing pictures with different fonts like bold letters and small letters. Lucy is the main character who thinks there are wolves in the walls but her brother thinks it's bats, her parents say it's moles and rats in the walls but Lucy was right.
The Wolves in the Walls revolves around Lucy who can hear wolves behind the walls, but her entire family dismisses her assuming she's just looking for attention, and is seen as the "girl who cried wolf". They only believe her when the wolves actually jump out of the walls and take over their house leaving them without a roof over their heads. It is only through Lucy's bravery that they are able to get their house back.
Great story with good morals, would definitely recommend it to children.
The font really helps the reader to emphasise the words written and the illustrations are an amazing help to understand the story. Neil Gaiman, once again, has written a fantastic book ready for children 8 and over to read. I would highly recommend this book to everybody who enjoys humour and suspense.
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