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The Marvels Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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Gr 4–6—This brilliant journey through time in words and pictures is also a story of a theatrical family and their fortunes. This heavy tome opens to tell of one family, the Marvels, from 1766 to 1900 as their connection to the Royal Theatre in London begins and perhaps ends. In the first half of the book, all of this complex history is vividly conveyed through illustrations, with minor hints from playbills, cards, and letters that appear as part of the art. Selznick's ability to convey the passing of time and connections among characters is remarkable. Characters appear, shine, and disappear throughout the years, but certain motifs recur no matter where the spotlight is focused. The second portion of the story is conveyed entirely in text, building on the same themes but taking place in 1990 in a very different London, where the echoes from the past are particularly embodied in 13-year-old Joseph, a boarding school runaway searching for his uncle's house. He soon meets Uncle Albert, who seems less interested in getting to know his nephew than in the preservation of an anachronistic Victorian house which is more museum than home. The echoes from the earlier history are haunting, requiring Joseph to delve into the secrets of Uncle Albert and of the house without giving away his own. Selznick ends with a satisfying section of illustrations that embody the maxim of this family, "You either see it or you don't." VERDICT Complex, entertaining, and full of gorgeous art and writing, this is a powerhouse of a book.—Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO
New York Times Bestseller
New York Times Notable Children's Book
An Indie Bound #1 National Bestseller
Guardian Children's Book Prize Finalist
Publishers Weekly Best Book
* “Selznick continues his quest to shake up notions of illustrated novels, wordless storytelling, and the intersection of text and pictures in this newest volume . . . The novel as a whole is exactly the sort of theater that is so lovingly described within.” -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
* “Caldecott Medalist Selznick has been creating acclaimed illustrated novels for years now, and his latest takes his groundbreaking narrative format to new heights . . . [this] warm, affecting family tale is bittersweet, astonishing, and truly marvelous.” -- Booklist, starred review
* “. . . epic theater celebrating mysteries of the heart and spirit.” -- Kirkus, starred review
* “[A] powerful story about creating lasting art and finding family in unexpected places.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* “Memorable, momentous.” -- School Library Journal, starred review
Top customer reviews
The excerpt, which is the Amazon sample, I only glanced at, but the dialogue between Frankie and Joseph was was drew me in even more.
When it arrived (a day early, by the way - thank you, Amazon), I tore the box open and, at first, I just started at the cover/dust jacket for a few minutes. It's a lot prettier than it looks on the picture. Then, after I got over that, I began my adventure through the Marvels.
I read everything in less than 12 hours (with constant interruptions, and at one point I had to go out shopping) because I just couldn't have it out of my sight for too long. I just had to know what happened and how everything clicked together.
I have to say, the ending blew my mind. As I was reading along, I was coming up with theories as to what was going on, and never did the actual twist come to mind.
At the end, I was very devastated. I didn't want the adventure to end, but it did.
It was a beautiful adventure, though. It's been such a long time since a book has left me feeling all heartbroken but full of joy all at once.
This has become a new favorite for sure.
Now, I'm aware of some negative comments this book has been receiving and... I've got some things to say about it.
1) The homosexuality is barely even there! It doesn't even focus on it at all.
2) As an aspiring author, I find it very rude for people to point out what they think are "flaws" in the story, especially when it's something like this. This is how life is NOW, you can't shelter your children from the knowledge that gay people exist. Stop spreading homophobia; it's not healthy.
3) AIDS is indeed mentioned, but it's doesn't even go into detail as to how it's contracted. I was talking about the topic with my fiance, and his little brother (he's eleven) was listening. Even he said, "That's stupid that people are complaining about that being in a book. It's just a disease you die from." Kids aren't stupid, and they SHOULD know what's out there. Plus, they go on the internet. You think they haven't read "AIDS" anywhere else?
All in all, most of these negative comments didn't even make sense to me after I read it all.
I found myself deeply entwined with the characters, and was caught up with emotion, shedding a few tears, at the end...something I haven't done while reading a book in years. This book is a masterpiece, possibly his best work, and something I recommend to anyone.
I loved this book. You will, too.
The second part is all words and at times, felt a bit of a drudge to get through. I am thinking of my young students who would have loved the first part but getting antsy and rather impatient for the story to move along during this second part of the novel. I feel this part of the novel could have benefited from some editing. However, as several other reviewers have mentioned - parents and educators need to be aware that there are topics in this book that are not quite appropriate for younger readers, elementary-middle school, and should be approached with caution.
I liked the book and had a positive discussion with my daughter about the contents but am uncomfortable at having that same discussion with impressionable young students, as some parents will not be comfortable with such content. So final verdict: gorgeous artwork and compelling (if at times plodding storyline) with controversial themes that might require more active parental involvement.
Most recent customer reviews
The writing and drawings are beautiful!