The Marvels by Brian SelznickThe Marvels by Brian Selznick

The Marvels

byBrian SelznickIllustratorBrian Selznick

Hardcover | September 15, 2015

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In his most intricate and ambitious work to date, Caldecott Award-winner Brian Selznick delivers a magnificent reinvention of his signature form.

Two seemingly unrelated stories -the first in pictures, the second in words-together create a beguiling narrative puzzle. The book opens with an uninterrupted illustrated story that sweeps us through five generations of a legendary family, beginning in 1766 with Billy Marvel. He survives a devastating shipwreck and grows up in a London theater. There his progeny flourish as brilliant stage actors-until the youngest Marvel, Leontes, runs away into the fire of an unknown future.

A century later, Joseph Jervis, another outsider on the run, seeks refuge with an estranged uncle at his mysterious house in London, where ships and fires, theater programs, and ghostly presences abound. Even more enigmatic is stormy Uncle Albert who won't answer Joseph's questions about the house or about an old photo of a boy whose eyes haunt Joseph. So Joseph sets out to solve the mysteries on his own . . . because his future may depend on it.

Brian Selznick is the Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator of The New York Times bestsellers, The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. He is also the illustrator of many celebrated picture books and novels, among them Caldecott Honor Winner The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, and Sibert Honor Winner W...
Title:The MarvelsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:672 pages, 8.6 × 5.89 × 2.3 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545448689

ISBN - 13:9780545448680


Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyable Didn't love this one as much as Hugo or Wonderstruck by the same author, but the story was still very enjoyable, and the illustrations are as great as always.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointment I was greatly disappointed reading this book, because the first 300 or so pages were told just in pictures and I found it amazing how pictures can tell so much. But then, the next 200 or so pages were told just in words and what I loved about Brian Selznick's previous books was that the stories were told with a mix of both. In Hugo Cabaret for instance, the book would alternate between pictures and words every few pages, and that's what I found so interesting. The plot of the book was not bad, it just got a bit stressful at times because I felt like there was so much some characters weren't saying, and it was supposed to come off as mysterious but after like 7 times of the main character asking "why is this happening?" Or "who is this person?" And getting an answer like "none of your business, go to bed!" It got very, very irritating. Although I didn't enjoy this book as much as I hoped, it was an easy and fast read, but I wouldn't recommend picking it up because of the annoyingness of the plot.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Visit the museum and see the drawings The best part about the book is the drawing and the description of the museum which is real !! I'm really curious about this house I really want to visit it someday .. other than that the story was flat and boring
Date published: 2015-10-22

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Marvels". The book revels in complication, echoes and mirrorings, and peeling back its layers makes for a rich and surprising reading experience." - New York Times"[A] powerful story about creating lasting art and finding family in unexpected places." - Publishers Weekly, starred review"Time, grief, forgiveness, and love intersect in epic theater celebrating mysteries of the heart and spirit." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review"The masterful Brian Selznick presents an artful, surprising, and bittersweet puzzle in words and pictures... Just as Selznick's detailed and artfully deliberate illustrations gradually build a moving narrative, so, too, do his carefully wrought words.." - Booklist, starred review"Complex, entertaining, and full of gorgeous art and writing, this is a powerhouse of a book." - School Library Journal, starred reviewAwards and Praise for The Invention of Hugo Cabret 2008 Caldecott Medal winner"A true masterpiece." -Publisher's Weekly, starred review"Evokes a silent film on paper." -The New York Times "Shatters conventions." -School Library Journal, starred review"Complete genius." -The Horn Book, starred reviewPraise for Wonderstruck "A thing of wonder to behold . . ." -School Library Journal, starred review"Moving and Ingenious . . ." -The Wall Street Journal "Visually stunning, completely compelling." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review