In the April 30 Times Educational Supplement, Fiona Lafferty had the following to say about the nomination:
…Subsequently, two of the strong Maybes, Debi Gliori’s Always and Forever and David McKean’s Wolves in the Walls, made it into the final shortlist. I was particularly pleased to see the latter there as, although initial opinion was too diverse to make it a winner, its presence on the shortlist pushes the boundaries of picture-book illustration…
Also in that issue, Geraldine Brennan notes that:
Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s The Wolves in the Walls is not only on the shortlist for the Kate Greenaway Medal (see the full Greenaway and Carnegie Medal shortlists in today’s Teacher magazine), but winner of the English Association’s award for the top key stage 2 fiction picture book of 2003.
The four-to-11 Picture Book awards, to be presented next week, are for books that are “original, visually alive and well written”. The judges said: “Wolves in the Wall is not a cosy book – it deals with childhood fears and how to cope with them – but it is most original, with powerful pictures and interesting use of sizes, shapes and styles of print. There is much for older primary children to discuss here.” Publisher Bloomsbury has another book from this great team –The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish – coming in October.