The Marvels

The Marvels - Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick As with Selznick's earlier books, 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' and 'Wonderstruck', this book delivers stunning pencil drawings in exquisite detail to tell the story. It takes a particular kind of author cum illustrator to accurately and succinctly convey in pictures, what would take paragraphs to tell. Selznick has that gift.

That said, this story begins with a live-large perspective, which then narrows as the story progresses (this departs from the two aforementioned titles, which tells it in reverse order -- towards a grandiose climax, if you will). Perhaps, it was this contrast with my expectation that, for me, it does not rank as high as the other two books. Nonetheless, the gorgeous pencil sketches are worth checking this book out, especially if you have young(er) readers.