The Marvels by Brian Selznick : this will be a must-have and I can’t wait!

Posted: July 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

So, so excited about the forthcoming new book from Brian Selznick. His work is absolutely brilliant.

From Publishers Weekly, they say “Selznick imagines an alternate backstory for a real English tourist attraction, the Dennis Severs’ House: 10 meticulously curated rooms that suggest what life might have been like for a family of Huguenot silk weavers in 18th-century London. The first 500 pages are double-page pencil drawings that (almost) wordlessly tell the story of the Marvel family, beginning with a 1766 shipwreck and following successive generations as they gain fame in London’s theater community.” The text always offers another story and by the time you have finished reading, you are in awe as to how you have suddenly found yourself part of the blended story itself.

His drawings are at times breath-taking as you gaze in wonder at the worlds he creates. He has a cinematic approach which has you so involved you can keep seeing different things every time your read his books. Blending illustrations with text his storytelling is quite unique and indeed just very special.

His The invention of Hugo Cabret was turned into a wonderful movie. His book Wonderstruck is equally brilliant. In fact I have two copies of Wonderstruck. I am one of the lucky few people to have a signed and numbered special edition but it is so beautiful I don’t want anything to happen to it so I bought an extra original copy as well. If you are a fan then nothing will stop you from getting your hands on his new book when it comes out and even if you have never heard of him (not sure where you have been hiding) then you will be a fan after the first few pages.

 

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