Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Up and Coming: "The Marvels" by Brian Selznick

The Marvels by Brian Selznick



Release Date: September 15, 2015



In 1766 there was a shipwreck and a boy and his brother were thrown into the ocean along with their dog Tar. Only the boy survived, but he never got over the death of his dear brother, Marcus. Billy went on to become the founding member of a family of actors so famous that the world knew their last name: The Marvels.

In 1990 Joseph Jervis runs away from his boarding school and goes in search of an uncle who he has never met. He finds that his uncle, Albert Nightingale is living in a house that looks like it hasn't been touched by time. The neighbors all remember a time when the house was full of parties and friends, but now no one exits or enters the building except for Albert and he doesn't seem too excited to add Joseph to this list. But Joe can't get over how beautiful the house is and how exciting the stories that live in his uncle's past must be. He has to find some way to make this new world his own.

If you have read Wonderstruck or The Invention of Hugo Cabret then you know that you are in store for some seriously gorgeous illustrations. You will want to have a whole afternoon free to spend looking at the first part of the book, which is all drawings. They are incredibly detailed and reveal secrets like treasures as you go along. After that you get to meet Joseph and you will be just as charmed as Albert by him. Sometimes you hear authors talk about the "book of their heart" and it is clear that is what this book is for Selznick. Instead of being a big adventure like Hugo, this is the story of a family that you won't soon forget.

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