Extract: The Marvels
Brian Selznick, author and illustrator of Hugo and Wonderstruck, has created another heartbreaking, magical, world to rival his previous creations.
If you are not familiar with Brian Selznick's work - you are in for a treat akin to walking through the wardrobe into Narnia. He has a unique storytelling style, blending two seemingly disparate stories, one in words, the other in images, to create a very different reading experience for you (and any children you may want to share his book with). You will be surprised how deftly he captures the feeling you had as a child that books really were worlds that you could slip inside.
His newest book, The Marvels, is set both in 1990, and in 1766, and centres on Joseph, in the former, and Billy Marvel, in the latter. It is a rich and evocative tale, one that lifts you up and then sets you down in places you had never imagined before... it charms and then it steals your heart.
It really is impossible to do it justice in a short introduction.
Here, have a look for yourself at this extract.
An orphan and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy train station. He desperately believes a broken automaton will make his dreams come true. But when his world collides with an eccentric girl and a bitter old man, Hugo's undercover life are put in jeopardy. Turn the pages, follow the illustrations and enter an unforgettable new world!
Ben's story takes place in 1977 and is told in words. Rose's story in 1927 is told entirely in pictures. Ever since his mother died, Ben feels lost. At home with her father, Rose feels alone. When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mother's room, both children risk everything to find what's missing.
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 must piece together many mysteries...