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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
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 2 months ago by Nashville Nancy
Like watching some shows from Shark Week, this book entertains my three year old nephew and is just the right amount of scary to be fun. He loves the fact that Mr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lauren
This is a very, very short story, and a very simple story. I can't imagine children taking to a story about wolves coming out of the walls, but who knows ?Published 4 months ago by Eddie Webster
If you are a teacher, you will love this book. There are so many layers to it, and themes interweaving through the plot line. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cat55
What can I say? I loved this book!
The words, the story, the illustrations!
I even found it on sale!
Absolute love. Read more
Gaiman is a genius. This one starts out creepy as all get out, but pulls back from scaring the little ones. Excellent artwork, great story, The kids love it.Published 8 months ago by C. Aaron Velasquez
Neil Gaiman again- this time for bigger children. I myself read and enjoyed it, and have passed it onto several children. John VenablePublished 8 months ago by John Venable