Friday, April 18, 2008

The Wolves in the Walls

First sentence: Lucy walked around the house.

There are sneaking, creeping, crumpling noises coming from inside the walls. Lucy is sure there are wolves in the walls of their house - and, as everybody says, if the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over. Her family doesn't believe her. Then one day, the wolves come out. But it's not all over. Instead, Lucy's battle with the wolves is only just beginning. - Synopsis from back cover of book

The Wolves in the Walls is a children's book but being a 30-year-old young lady (ahem!), I love it! The big, square book is a delight to read, and even more delightful to listen to. Yes, the book comes with an audio CD, beautifully narrated by none other than, the author Neil Gaiman himself! I read it twice - the first time just reading it quietly and the second, with the CD. Gaiman has a great voice and my, what a fine storyteller he is! Now that I know how he sounded like, I can almost imagine him reading aloud to me as I mentally go through Neverwhere and Stardust once again...

Why do I like Wolves? For the following simple reasons:

  • Highly imaginative and creative
  • Very engaging (more so with the voice narration)
  • Beautiful, colourful illustrations
  • Clever use of fonts to tell the story and to depict emotions - here's a sample:

So they crept up the back steps...

Through the back door-

into the back hall-

and into the walls.

"We must be very quiet," said Lucy.

But the wolves were making such a noise that no one could have heard them anyway.

And here's an illustration that immediately reminds me of something I drew some many years ago, when I was very, very young. I created some masterpieces on my mother's music book, on the blank side of the pages. Naughty girl I am, but nevertheless, quite artistic.

Illustration from Wolves (left) and mine

Coming to think of it, the wolves behave just like humans having the party of their lives when they took over the house - singing and dancing, eating jam straight from the jar, playing video games, etc. What I learned here is to face my fear and not to give up easily. Lucy is an inquisitive child and a courageous one too. It's been fun reading The Wolves in the Walls - a visual treat.

P/S: I like pig-puppet!