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, theatre 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.
About the book:
The Marvels tells two stories – one in pictures, and one in words. The pictures tell the remarkable story of the Marvels, a notorious family of actors in a London theatre—their struggles, their successes, and their mysteries. The text tells the story of a young boy who has come to London with the hopes of healing his broken heart, but who instead, stumbles on the history of the Marvels, a discovery that will change him, and his understanding of life, loss, love, family, and the power and meaning of art.
For fans of the best-selling The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck—The Marvels is a completely unique experience, which will leave readers with the understanding that “you either see it, or you don’t”.
About the giveaway:
Scholastic Canada is celebrating the release of this new book with a special give-away!
1 copy of The Marvels
1 copy of a Collector’s Edition of Wonderstruck
1 signed lithograph art piece from the book
1 map of London, inspired by The Marvels
This contest will run until midnight on October 7th, 2015.
To enter, leave a comment below, answering the question “What is the most amazing thing you have ever seen?”
UPDATE: contest has closed, and the winner has been emailed. Thank you to everyone for entering!
Need more incentive?
Watch Brian Selznick’s inspired and gorgeous book trailer in order to get a feel for this beautiful story, or read about the inspiration behind about the book.
This contest is sponsored by Scholastic Canada, and the prize is as stated. Standard rules and regulations apply – winners will be contacted at the end of the contest period. If no response is received within three days, a new contest winner will be selected. Contest is open to residents of Canada only (sorry international peeps, but you have a chance to win a copy with my review!).