Parents' Guide to

The Wolves in the Walls

By Marigny Dupuy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

May be too intense for the youngest kids.

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age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

An intense scary fairy-tale like story about courage

Neil Gaiman is a great author to teach kids (and adults) about the meaning of bravery. With a charismatic female protagonist (Lucy), the book tells the story of a girl that knows that there are wolves living inside the walls of her house. This fantastic premise aligned with the scary and beautiful illustrations of Dave McKean create an atmosphere of fear and anticipation that will be conquered through the courage of the main character. A great book for kids and adults!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 18+

Too scary and violent, don't waste your money

This book is scary and too violent for young children. The "jam" the wolves are eating looks like blood, and I'm sure the author intended it to be that way.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

The atmosphere in this unsettling story is dark and eerie. There is an uncomfortable emotional disconnectedness between the family members and, while the collage artwork is certainly strikingly unusual and impressive, many of the images are scary. The characters have a weirdly vacant look. Inhabiting a world that is shadowy and mysterious looking, their actions and conversations are similarly disjointed and confusing. When the wolves appear in the story, they are drawn in a manic, cartoon style different from the human characters, but in some ways more frightening.

The narrative underpinnings of the story are sound and the story line moves in a neat circle. Lucy, the main character, can see and hear clearly what the rest of the family ignores, and she feels a terrible sense of isolation as a result. Perhaps young children in a similar situation would identify with her, but the action and images in the book are so distressing that there can be little understanding or comfort to be gained from this story. That the situation repeats in the end is clever, but, again, such a pessimistic conclusion for a children's picture book (Grimm's fairy tales notwithstanding) is worrying.

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