Up to this point, McKean's illustrations are spectacular, sinister collages awash in golden sepia tones evocative of the creepy beauty in The City of Lost Children. The wolves explode into the story in scratchy pen-and-ink, all jaws and eyes. The family flees to the cold, moonlit garden, where they ponder their future. (Her brother suggests, for example, that they escape to outer space where there's "nothing but foozles and squossucks for billions of miles.") Lucy wants to live in her own house...and she wants the pig-puppet she left behind.
Eventually she talks her family into moving back into the once-wolfish walls, where they peek out at the wolves who are watching their television and spilling popcorn on slices of toast and jam, dashing up the stairs, and wearing their clothes. When the family can't stand it anymore, they burst forth from the walls, scaring the wolves, who shout, "And when the people come out of the walls, it's all over!" The wolves flee and everything goes back to normal...until the tidy ending when Lucy hears "a noise that sounded exactly like an elephant trying not to sneeze." Adult fans of this talented pair will revel in the quirky story and its darkly gorgeous, deliciously shadowy trappings, but the young or faint of heart, beware! (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson
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You know what they say about wolves. If the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over.
This is a fun and funny book. Read more
One of my kids all time favorites. I order again and again as birthday presents. It's a little scary, but in a fun way. The illustrations are very imaginative too.Published 3 months ago by sara K
Pretty interesting read, but i would definitely not recommend this for children. It can be pretty dark, but suitable for older children or adults.Published 3 months ago by Jonathan N. B.
A compelling story - had me fascinated until the end. Love the way the story and the pictures work so well together. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard L. Bjornseth
another star from Gaiman and McKean, with a little girl who saves the day. I think both sexes should see books with intelligent and spirited girls. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ellen foster
An amazing book. I love Neil Gaiman's books for kids. They have a good story, but it always has a twist. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Fran Carlisle
My grandson is fascinated with this book. I think that he is almost disappointed that we DON"T have wolves in the walls. Just a tiny bit scary in a good way for little ones. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nashville Nancy