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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
Good book, not too dark, but standard odd-ness you'd expect from Gaiman.Published 1 month ago by Lisard
The genius of Neil Gaiman is an inspiration that keeps me going. If you want to write a story, write a short story first. Let it be short. Let it be brief. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Farnoosh Brock
I brought it for a five year old friend. we had read the story in the bookstore but someone else brought the only copy before we could. So, I order it and he just loves it.Published 4 months ago by s. mitchner
Audiobook read by author
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 8 months ago by sara K