by Brian Selznick
Selznick’s past two books (The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck) are phenomenal, and his newest book, The Marvels, is, well, marvelous.
The first half of the book is told only through illustrations, starting with the story of Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck at sea in 1766, he returns to London, where he becomes a renowned actor. For generations to come, the Marvel name is synonymous with the London theatre, until the last Marvel is kicked out. The illustrations take the reader through time up to present day London, where the mystery of the Marvels continues. The Marvels is a tribute to the art of storytelling.