The Marvels by Brian Selznick

This book is stunning. Absolutely stunning. I’ve read a few other books by the author and I’ve never been disappointed. The first 400 pages or so are pure illustration and super intriguing, you literally cannot put it down. Then the rest of the novel follows up from where the pictures left off but in present day. It’s freaking fantastic.

The story is separated in two parts. The first, as previously mentioned, is only told in pictures and follows a kid who’s stranded out at sea and almost miraculously makes it back to land, coincidentally in London, England. And from there, he gets into various adventures but then finds the stage and creates one of the best acting families that takes the stage by storm for generations. And then there’s a fire.


After the words start, it’s present day, following a young boy at boarding school who stumbles across the family history books and feels like he doesn’t belong. Much like the boy we wanted to know more about at the end of the pictures. Bring on the correlation between past & present. He just wants to figure out if there’s a place and why growing up is so awkardly strange.

Without spoiling anything, this book is beautifully drawn and told. It’s a fantastic story of not belonging but finding your place eventually. You should pick this up as well as his other novels. I promise, you won’t be able to put it down anytime soon.




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