Books by Brian Selznick

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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 and 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

star “A 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 Brian Selznick

Acclaimed New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator Brian Selznick graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with the intention of becoming a set designer for the theater. However, after spending three years selling books and designing window displays for a children's bookstore in Manhattan, he was inspired to create children's books of his own. His books have received many awards and distinctions, including a Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a Caldecott Honor for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and a Robert F. Sibert Honor for When Marian Sang. Brian divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.

About Wonderstruck

 

Expanding upon the genre-breaking form he invented in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, 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. Ever since his mother died, Ben feels lost. At home with her father, Rose feels alone. When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mother's room, and when a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose, both children risk everything to find what's missing. Rich, complex, affecting and beautiful, Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary. Foreign publishing rights for Wonderstruck have been sold into 17 countries to date.

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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

2007 Quill Award Winner (Children’s Chapter/Middle Grade category)

Foreign publishing rights for The Invention of Hugo Cabret have been sold into 33 countries to date.


 

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

star “A 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

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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.

About The Hugo Movie Companion (November 1, 2011)

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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