Sunday, September 13, 2015
Book Post - The Marvels
About the Book
Caldecott Award winner and bookmaking trailblazer Brian Selznick once again plays with the form he invented and delivers a moving and mesmerizing adventure about the power of story. Two seemingly unrelated stories -- one in words, the other in pictures -- come together with spellbinding synergy! 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. How the picture and word stories intersect will leave readers marveling over Selznick's storytelling prowess. Filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heartrending beauty, and featuring Selznick's most arresting art to date, The Marvels is a moving tribute to the power of story.
My Take on the Book
What an amazing book. Filled with imagery that simply makes you lose track of what you are doing and a story that unfolds without words, you will be transfixed. It is a powerful story that will show you the meaning of family and that family is around you even when you do not think it is. In reading through this with my daughters I could that even though the book looks very long, you can get through it in no time. The reason for this is because of the lack of words, but beyond that it is that the images tell the story so well it compels you to read even more!
This is a must read for all families. You will be impressed!
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