Equal adult and child appeal in this powerful graphic novella Startling and original art and story combine to marvellous effect A wonderful addition to the Gaiman/McKean titles published by Bloomsbury
Neil Gaiman is British and lives in the USA. He is the author of many highly acclaimed novels for adults and children and he has a cult following for his work in the graphic novel arena. Neil also writes screenplays and two of his own works are now films - Stardust and Coraline. Dave McKean has created illustrations and photographs for hundreds of CD, book and comics covers, and is probably best known for his graphic novels. Dave also illustrated the bestselling children's books Coraline and The Wolves in the Walls (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal) as well as the forthcoming The Graveyard Book.
Gr 6-9-Coraline fans too young for "The Sandman" series (DC Comics) form the most likely audience for this novella of the film MirrorMask. A fitful dream the night before her mother's surgery takes 15-year-old Helena to a world split into light and darkness. The queen of the White City is ill, and only the stolen MirrorMask can save her and her kingdom. As Helena's quest to find the Charm wears on, she realizes that she might not be dreaming after all. McKean's stark but lively pen-and-ink drawings perfectly reflect the narrative's sinister humor. The images from the film, however, are drab and unclear. While entertaining, this scant story is less developed than Gaiman's other work and, being a movie tie-in, threatens to join the growing pile of pop-culture ephemera all too soon.-Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Praise for The Wolves in the Walls: 'This book is quite extraordinary. Extraordinary and scary. But also madly inventive and madly funny. It illustrates two things that it is quite crucial to remember for this age group: you are never, ever too old for picture books and that even when you can read quite fluently - which many at the top end of this age range will be able to do - a story shared is a story that doubles in pleasure' Guardian 'This spectacular book, with its stylish blend of photography, paint, collage and drawing does not look like most children's picture books. It bypasses the cosy, simplified cliches of child appeal, which makes it absolutely intriguing for youngsters. It is atmospheric, sinister, scary and funny ...This is a book for cool kids who will grow up to be fearless' Sunday Times 'One of the most stylish picture books for 5+ ... a strange, cathartic, visually original book about a scary prediction that comes true, and is also classy and cool' Sunday Times Books of the Year 'Gaiman's words and McKean's pictures are a match made in ... some dark damp inspirational place. With gems like this and "The Wolves in the Walls" the pair are extending the audience for picture books' Time Out