Friday, October 24, 2014

Margo's Musings: Are There Wolves in the Walls?

Lucy hears noises coming from inside the walls of her big, old house. Her family has something to say about them, but no one believes it's wolves, because then it would be over. Everyone knows that, according to her parents and brother. Maybe rats or bats, but definitely not wolves. Lucy, however, is certain that's exactly what's causing the ruckus, and she's scared by the idea of "it" being over. What could that mean? What happens when wolves come out of the walls?

Margo was a little nervous about reading The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman when we pulled it off the shelf, but she put on her brave face and snuggled up to listen. This is a fun book to read out loud, and the illustrations are interesting and unique. They set a spooky tone and add a quirky flavor to the story. We live in the Begonia House, which is also big and old, and it's always creeping with strange sounds, so it was easy for Margo to relate with Lucy about no one believing what she knew to be true. After we finished the book, Margo told me she wasn't the least bit surprised when it turned out the pig-puppet had the most sense. :)

Has anyone else read The Wolves in the Walls? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Happy reading!
~ F

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33 comments:

  1. My sister was telling me yesterday that her granddaughter lost her pet (venomous) snake; it was eventually found inside the cavity wall in her bedroom. Her mum has now insisted the vivarium be kept locked – I think I would be moving home. Reading about wolves in the walls reminded me of the conversation. I’ve not read it, but it sounds like an interesting and fun read. Have a wonderful weekend. x

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    1. Hi Barbara, How scary! I'd take wolves in the walls over snakes- lol! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story with us. :) ~ F

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  2. I've not read this, but it sounds intriguing. Reminds me of the time my son's tarantula got out of its aquarium. We hunted high and low for it, and finally found it on the shelf right behind the cage. Not sure where it ventured, but we were very glad to find it!

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    1. Hi Karen, I'm glad you found it too! Barbara was telling us about lost snakes- always a bit unsettling when they can't be accounted for. :) Thanks for sharing! ~ F

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  3. The art style reminds me of The Stinky Cheese Man. My kids would probably totally geek out on this book.

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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    1. Hi Crystal, The artwork is really unique! Thanks for stopping by. :) ~ F

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  4. I haven't seen this one, I will have to send a copy to my older brother. He used to fervently believe when he was a kid that a wolf lived in his wall. I love Neil Gaiman.

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    1. Hi Heidi, Interesting! I love Neil Gaiman's stories too. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us. :) ~ F

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  5. Sounds like an interesting story. I remember when I believed other people lived in the wall next to my bed!

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    1. Hi Romance Reader, Scary! I hope they were friendly. :) Thanks for stopping by!

      Hi Patty, It's very creative! Thanks for stopping by. :) ~ F

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  7. I've never read it, but it sounds like a good Halloween read!

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    1. Hi Sherry, We hope you enjoy it! ~ F

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  8. I haven't read it, but now I want to. You've convinced me.

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    1. Hi Beverly, It's a very unique story, and definitely worth checking out. Thanks for stopping by! ~ F

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  9. Sounds like a fun read and just the right side of scary.

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    1. Hi Tracy Terry, It is just the right side of scary- perfectly said! Thanks for stopping by. :) ~ F

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  10. A lot of kids like to be scared by books and movies so I'm sure this one would appeal to most of them. Perfect for Halloween. I think I had so many real scares in my childhood that I still avoid anything that would frighten me more. But for those that like to be...this sounds like a great book.

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    1. Hi Anna Maria, I love scary stories, and I always have! Especially when they're cleverly written. Thanks for stopping by. :) ~ F

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  11. My old house makes many strange noises too. I wonder where the idea of wolves in the walls came from. I'd heard Gaiman wrote a couple of picture books. Good to know that they're cute. :) I'm glad Margo enjoyed it.

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    1. Hi Molly, Cool! Me too- I've never heard of that before this story, but Neil is the master of coming up with new twists on ideas and stories. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts! ~ F

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  12. I was just telling hubby this morning that having neighbors upstairs is the best excuse for any strange noises :) Growing up in a big old house with all kinds of creeping noises definitely has made me wary of them...and kind of enjoy them, too, if I'm honest!

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    1. Hi Meradeth, Lol- it is! I love big, old creepy houses. I just can't get enough of them! Thanks for stopping by. :) ~ F

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  13. Oh, I stay alone at night most of the time...and the noises the empty house makes at night is horrible!

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    1. Hi Nas, Hopefully there's nothing to them and they're nothing to be afraid of! Thanks for stopping by. :) ~ F

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  14. Love Neil Gaiman but I haven't read this one! Looks awesome :)

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    1. Hi Jemi, Neil is awesome! :) ~ F

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  15. I haven't read this one, but I will surely check it out now that I know about it. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Hi Rosi, You're welcome! We hope you enjoy the story. :) ~ F

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  16. Sounds PERFECT for this time of year. Love, love, love Neil Gaiman. I always trust you to recommend books that I will love. xoxo

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    1. Hi Robyn, It's a great story for the Halloween season. Thanks! We love recommending books we like. :) ~ F

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  17. I haven't read it, but it sounds like a great book to read with a great kid :)

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    1. Hi Carol, It is! They have to be okay with a little scare, though. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us. :) ~ F

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