BOOK REVIEW: The Wolves in the Walls, by Neil Gaiman and Dean McKean

Released: July 26, 2005 (HarperTrophy)
Source: Library
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Lucy is sure there are wolves living in her walls–and everyone says if the wolves make their way out it is all over for her and her family. A “New York Times” Best Illustrated Book and bestseller.

My Thoughts (May Contain 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!


My home is where my books are. - Ellen Thompson

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