This is the post where I admit I have never read Wonderstruck. I have never read the The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I had watched the movie and marveled at the beautiful story. I have handed the books to students and told them to fall in love with them. But I had never read them myself. And I am not sure why.
So when I was handed The Marvels after standing in line at ILA for more than an hour, sharing the delightful company of Alison Hogan, I knew I had to read it. And it was worth every minute of standing in line. The book is beautiful, the story captures your imagination and leaves you pondering. I cannot wait to order this for my classroom and this time when I hand it to students really mean it when I say, “This is a must read.”
For 4th grade or perhaps even 3rd grade and up.
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.