Monday, October 19, 2015

Bibliophile's Corner

The Marvels
by Brian Selznick

Flap Copy Description:
Caldecott Award winner and bookmaking trailblazer Brian Selznick once again plays with the form he invented and takes readers on a voyage!

Two seemingly unrelated stories--one in words, the other in pictures--come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle's puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.

My Thoughts: 
The latest creation by Brian Selznick - The Marvels - just may be his best! While his extraordinary illustrations are once again exquisite, his imaginative and inspired story was so unique and thought-provoking it actually brought me to tears. Set in an old English mansion - in different time periods - we follow Joseph Jervis through his mysterious family's odd history. This well-written and thoroughly researched novel is worth every word of its 600+ pages. I highly recommend The Marvels to readers aged eight to eighty!

Click here to learn about the multi-talented author, Brian Selznick.

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