Brian Selznick
The Marvels

Scholastic (10+)

9781407159454 (hardback)

The story cleverly combines that of the Marvels - a theatrical dynasty from the 1700s whose grandfather Billy was ship-wrecked - with a more contemporary tale of Joseph who has run away from boarding schools. This is a story of relationships and connections told through the piecing together of different media that embraces pictures, letters, newspaper reporting and story.

This visually stunning book invites exploration from the first page. The whole production is a work of art that is outstanding on every level. Detailed cross-hatched illustrations carry the reader's focus to the heart of characters, action and drama through a near-cinematic zooming in and panning out. There is a strong use of space and a real awareness of how different forms. come together to produce a story, creating an innovative and fully immersive experience.


Brian Selznick graduated from university with the intention of becoming a theatre set designer. However, after spending three years bookselling and designing window displays for a children's bookshop, he was inspired to create picture books of his own. His first novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, has won many awards including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book and was a feature-length film, Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese. His follow-up illustrated novel, Wonderstruck, debuted at #1 on the bestseller lists. Brian divides his time between New York and California.

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