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About Brian Selznick

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Brian Selznick’s books have garnered countless accolades worldwide, and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He is the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a genre-breaking novel adapted into Martin Scorsese’s movie Hugo, which went on to win five Academy Awards; and Wonderstruck, adapted by celebrated filmmaker Todd Haynes, with a screenplay written by Selznick. Rounding out what Selznick calls “a thematic trilogy” is The Marvels, which is loosely connected to Hugo and Wonderstruck by themes of family and discovery, and is also a New York Times bestseller.

Selznick began his career as a bookseller at Eeyore's Books for Children in New York City and has worked as a puppeteer and a set designer. He recently collaborated with Christopher Wheeldon on a new narrative for a reimagined Nutcracker at the Joffrey Ballet.

Selznick’s latest bestselling book, Baby Monkey, Private Eye, is a nearly 200-page format defying illustrated chapter book that combines elements of picture book, graphic novel, and beginning reader and is co-written with Dr. David Serlin. The book has received five starred reviews. The New York Times also praised Baby Monkey calling it, “a marvel.”

Scholastic recently announced that Brian Selznick has illustrated new covers for J.K. Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter series in honor of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S., to be published on June 26, 2018. 


The Invention of Hugo Cabret

AT–A–GLANCE
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret cover
What Is It?
A novel in words and pictures by award-winning author/illustrator Brian Selznick
Who’s it for?

Readers ages 8 and up

Press Contact

Charisse Meloto
(212) 389-3785
cmeloto@scholastic.com

Awards & Distinctions

  • 2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal
  • National Book Award Finalist
  • #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • USA Today Bestseller
  • #1 BookSense Bestseller
  • A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2007
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2007
  • A Kirkus Best Book of 2007
  • A New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing
  • An American Library Association Notable Children’s Book
  • An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults

Praise for The Invention of Hugo Cabret

“It’s wonderful. Take that overused word literally: ‘Hugo Cabret’ evokes wonder.” New York Times Book Review

“A fast-paced treat for tweens.” People Magazine

“Distinctive.”The Wall Street Journal

“Cinematic.”Parenting Magazine

“Captivating.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review

“If your kid loves the J.K. Rowling series, then he's bound to enjoy The Invention of Hugo Cabret...” — Good Housekeeping

starA true masterpiece.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

star “Fade to black and cue the applause!” Kirkus, starred review

star “Complete genius.” The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

star “Breathtaking.”School Library Journal, starred review

star “An original and creative integration of art and text.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

Media Coverage Highlights

  • CBS Sunday Morning interviews director Martin Scorsese about "Hugo" and author Brian Selznick about the art of automatons (January 29, 2012)
  • New York Times feature story on the Maillardet automaton at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, the inspiration for the automaton featured in The Invention of Hugo Cabret (December 26, 2011) Link to Print Version
  • Brian Selznick talks about how the "Hugo" movie compares to The Invention of Hugo Cabret in The New York Post (November 25, 2011)
  • Author Brian Selznick and Director Martin Scorsese discuss the "Hugo" movie on NPR's All Things Considered (November 18, 2011)
  • "Scorsese Eyes Hugo for Next Project" in Variety (Jan 21, 2010)
  • "Reads Like a Book, Looks Like a Film" in the New York Times (January 26, 2008)
  • Brian Selznick interviewed for "Al Roker's Book Club for Kids" NBC's Today Show (May 18, 2007)
  • "There's a film behind his 'Invention'" in USA Today (March 13, 2007)
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret in The New York Times Book Review (March 11, 2007)
  • Discussion of the upcoming film adaptation in Variety (February 22, 2007)
  • Author Profile of Brian Selznick in Publishers Weekly (February 19, 2007)
  • Brian Selznick on NPR's All Things Considered (February 9, 2007)

About The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery. With 284 pages of original drawings, and combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Brian Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience. Here is a stunning, cinematic tour de force from a boldly innovative storyteller, artist, and bookmaker.

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Wonderstruck

AT–A–GLANCE
Wonderstruck
by Brian Selznick

Wonderstruck cover
What is it?

Brian Selznick creates another awe-inspiring and multi-layered reading experience. Wonderstruck weaves together two compelling, independent stories, set fifty years apart—Ben's story, which takes place in 1977, is told in words; Rose's story in 1927 is told in pictures.

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 9 and up

Release Date

September 13, 2011

Press Contact

Charisse Meloto
(212) 389-3785
cmeloto@scholastic.com

Awards & Distinctions

  • #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Notable Book
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2011
  • A Booklist Editors' Choice of 2011
  • A Kirkus Best Children's Book of 2011
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of 2011
  • An ALA Notable Children's Book
  • Schneider Family Book Award Winner

Praise for Wonderstruck

“Engrossing, intelligent, beautifully engineered and expertly told in word and image.” The New York Times Book Review

“Moving and ingenious...” The Wall Street Journal

“Brian Selznick proves to be that rare creator capable of following one masterpiece — 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret,' — with another even more brilliantly executed.” Washington Post

“Another entrancing, exquisitely illustrated novel…Older kids and adults alike will be mesmerized by the interlocking stories. A verbal and visual marvel.” Family Circle

star “A gift for the eye, mind, and heart.” Booklist, starred review

star “Visually stunning, completely compelling.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

star “Innovative…has the makings of a classic.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

starA thing of wonder to behold…an emotional experience that neither the words nor the illustrations could achieve on their own.” School Library Journal, starred review

About Wonderstruck

In this groundbreaking tour de force, Caldecott Medalist and bookmaking pioneer Brian Selznick sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey. 

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.

Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories--Ben's told in words, Rose's in pictures--weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful--with over 460 pages of original artwork—Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a gifted artist and visionary.

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The Marvels

AT–A–GLANCE
The Marvels
by Brian Selznick

The Marvels cover
What is it?

Brian Selznick delivers a magnificent reinvention of his signature form, taking readers on an awe-inspiring voyage about the complexities of family and growing up, while also creating a loving tribute to the power of story.

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 10 and up

Release Date

September 15, 2015

Press Contact

Charisse Meloto
(212) 389-3785
cmeloto@scholastic.com

Awards & Distinctions

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Notable Book
  • An Indie Bound #1 National Bestseller
  • Guardian Children's Book Prize Finalist
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book

Praise for The Marvels

"A bookmaking tour de force, this novel is as full of marvels as its title suggests.” — Washington Post

"[A] rich and surprising reading experience..” — The New York Times Book Review

“...[A] thrilling, poignant journey.” — The Wall Street Journal

star "[A] powerful story about creating lasting art and finding family in unexpected places.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

star "Time, grief, forgiveness, and love intersect in epic theater celebrating mysteries of the heart and spirit.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

star "[A]stonishing, and truly marvelous.” — Booklist, starred review

star “Complex, entertaining, and full of gorgeous art and writing, this is a powerhouse of a book.” — School Library Journal, starred review

About The Marvels

A breathtaking new voyage from Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick.

Two stand-alone stories--the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose--create a beguiling narrative puzzle.

The journey begins at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage.

Nearly a century later, runaway Joseph Jervis seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale's strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.

A gripping adventure and an intriguing invitation to decipher how the two stories connect, The Marvels is a loving tribute to the power of story from an artist at the vanguard of creative innovation.

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Hugo Movie Companion

AT–A–GLANCE
Hugo Movie Companion
by Brian Selznick

What is it?

A stunning companion book to Martin Scorsese's feature film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret!

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 8 and up

Release Date

November 1, 2011

Press Contact

Charisse Meloto
(212) 389-3785
cmeloto@scholastic.com

About the Hugo Movie Companion

A stunning companion book to Martin Scorsese's feature film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret!

A companion book-and much more!-to Martin Scorsese's movie of the #1 bestseller and Caldecott Medal Winner.

Brian Selznick takes readers on an intimate tour of the movie-making process as his Caldecott Award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret is turned into a 3-D major motion picture by Academy Award-winning director, Martin Scorsese, written by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, John Logan.

Lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs from the movie, and filled with fun, informative interviews of the cast and crew, comparisons of artwork from the book alongside people, props, costumes, and sets from the movie, plus fascinating information about automatons, filmmaking pioneer Georges Méliès, and an essay on the birth of movies written by Martin Scorsese, The Hugo Movie Companion beautifully extends the experience of the book and the movie, and is a must-have for fans of all ages.

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Wonderstruck Movie Scrapbook

AT–A–GLANCE
Wonderstruck Movie Scrapbook
by Brian Selznick

What is it?

A visually driven, widely accessible companion book to the movie adaptation of Brian Selznick's #1 New York Times bestseller, Wonderstruck.

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 8 and up

Release Date

October 31, 2017

Press Contact

Charisse Meloto
(212) 389-3785
cmeloto@scholastic.com

About The Wonderstruck Movie Scrapbook

A visually driven, widely accessible companion book to the movie adaptation of Brian Selznick's #1 New York Times bestseller, Wonderstruck.

Selznick, who wrote the screenplay to the movie adaptation of his #1 New York Times bestseller, Wonderstruck, gives a breezy, personal behind-the-scenes tour of the making of the movie. The easy to browse pages are filled with fun set photos, film stills, lively text, and quotes from cast and crew, inviting readers to relive the movie and learn a little about filmmaking.

Designed as a double-sided, reversible book, it echoes the look of the movie -- one half in the groovy color of the 1970s, and the other featuring glamorous black and white of the 1920s. An immersive experience for Brian Selznick fans and movie-goers of all ages.

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Baby Monkey, Private Eye

AT–A–GLANCE
Baby Monkey, Private Eye
by Brian Selznick

What is it?

Crafted specially for young children, with an innovative new format blending elements of picture book, beginning reader, and graphic novel, Baby Monkey is pitch perfect for sharing aloud and for emerging readers.

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 4 and up

Release Date

February 27, 2018

Press Contact

Charisse Meloto
(212) 389-3785
cmeloto@scholastic.com

Praise for Baby Monkey, Private Eye

star “Endearingly funny.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

star “A delightful easy reader that is as funny as it is elegant.” — School Library Journal, starred review

star “Inventive . . . sweet . . . silly . . . irresistible.” — Booklist, starred review

star “Kids will forget they are learning to read, focusing instead on the comic bits, persistence, and vulnerability of an endearing hero.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

star “[L]ayered details are key to the multi-audience charm of Baby Monkey… The book is therefore a delight for reading together or alone… Hooray for Baby Monkey!” — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

star “…perfectly timed page-turns… will have viewers giggling for days.” — Horn Book Magazine, starred review

“…perfect for new readers ready for a ‘big kid’ book… "The story begins in cinematic fashion, almost like a movie trailer... the illustrations are a marvel." — The New York Times Book Review

“Exceedingly cute.” — The Wall Street Journal

“…delightful… full of energy and humor. It’s silly, endearing and adventurous for a brand-new reader and any older listeners who will enjoy the fun.” — The Washington Post

“[An] inventive hybrid… Totally successful!” — San Francisco Chronicle

“Selznick’s upcoming picture book is a fun and campy take on those classic noir detective stories that's expertly crafted around his classic black-and-white illustrations.” — Bookpage

“Selznick is traveling on a Sendakian course, but along the way he’s never lost his penchant for kid-friendly fare… [It may be] the most subversive little number to hit our shelves in a very long time. For all its seeming simplicity, Baby Monkey packs a wallop. It challenges what an early chapter book can be, it’s the funniest fare you might read this year, it’s beautiful to look at, and there’s plenty to please small children and grown adults alike. Taken as a whole, the Serlin/Selznick duo is a force to be reckoned with.” — Betsy Bird, Librarian, School Library Journal Fuse #8 Production Blog

About Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick and debut children's book author David Serlin create a dazzling new format especially for young children!

Who is Baby Monkey? He is a baby. He is a monkey. He has a job. He is Baby Monkey, Private Eye!

Lost jewels? Missing pizza? Stolen spaceship? Baby Monkey can help... if he can put on his pants!

Baby Monkey's adventures come to life in an exciting blend of picture book, beginning reader, and graphic novel. With pithy text and over 120 black and white drawings accented with red, it is ideal for sharing aloud and for emerging readers.

Hooray for Baby Monkey!

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About David Serlin

David Serlin is a writer, editor, and historian who teaches at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles for adults. Baby Monkey, Private Eye is his first book for children. He divides his time between Brooklyn, New York and San Diego, California.

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