The Wolves In The Walls

Paperback | July 26, 2005

byNeil Gaiman

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

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

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Lucy hears sneaking, creeping,crumpling noisescoming from insidethe walls.She is sure there arewolves living in the walls of her house.

“Cleverly balances humor and spookiness. Gaiman’s text rings with energetic confidence and an inviting tone. McKean expertly matches the tale’s funny-scary mood. Lucy shines as a heroine.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 10 × 10 × 0.68 inPublished:July 26, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380810956

ISBN - 13:9780380810956

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Customer Reviews of The Wolves In The Walls


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great children's book by Neil Gaiman His novels are fantastic so I thought I would try out his children's books for my boys. I am really glad I did. This is a great book with great illustrations and a really great story.
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deliciously creepy If you've read any of Neil Gaiman's books, you already know what sort of things to expect. This book is creepy, wonderfully aided by the illustrations.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing! ***CONTAINS SPOILERS!!*** Similar to The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls is another picture book written for children. Having been so used to reading adult fiction by Neil Gaiman – books such as Stardust and Smoke and Mirrors – I was so amazed, when I started to read his children’s books, at how amazing they were. These last few books, especially, have a been great reads because they are enhanced with the brilliance of Dean McKean’s illustrations. Unlike TDISMDFTG, The Wolves in the Walls is a little more haunting – Lucy is certain she hears wolves in the walls, and when the wolves come out of the walls, it’s all over (because “they” say so). Though while there’s a certain creepiness to it, the book is also quite funny – again, the sibling banter that can be found in my last Neil Gaiman review. While I was on pins and needles wondering what would happen once the wolves came out, I thought it was so funny what the wolves did once they got in the house – ate jam on toast, threw parties, played the tuba. And then the ending … just priceless! The novel reads similar to a Dr. Seuss book, with all of it’s rhyming words here and there, but it’s all Neil Gaiman. Definitely not something you would expect out of a children’s book. Now, whether this book is a good read for young children is debatable – it’s similar to Coraline, in that creepy and disturbing kind of way. It might be wise to ease children into Gaiman’s world via The Graveyard Book, instead of The Wolves in the Walls, as it’s just a little less creepy. It was a very refreshing read!
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary & Funny 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!
Date published: 2009-02-17

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“Gaiman, with regular collaborator Dave McKean, suffuses this sumptuous story with a night-light-worthy creepiness.”