Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wolves in the Wall

Wolves in the Wall by Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Dave McKean

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!

7 comments:

  1. I might have to see about reading this someday.

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  2. I probably will read this one of these days. Gaiman is pretty much hit or miss with me.

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  3. Kailana, same for me so far. I haven't read many but I loved Coraline and The Graveyard Book but was unimpressed with Interworld. More hits than misses so far, so I'm going to keep trying him. I've just ordered his other two picture books from the library.

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  4. Ooh, I loved this book! Have you read their other picture book, THE DAY I SWAPPED MY DAD FOR TWO GOLDFISH?

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  5. I've the Goldfish book and his other picture book "The Dangerous Alphabet" on request at the library!

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  6. I really am looking froward to reading this for the Dream King challenge. I am really enjoying the mixture of Gaiman and McKean.

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  7. I recommend it to other people though certainly not for such young readers as it is not you typical children's literature.

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