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Brian Selznick's art breathes life into imaginary characters, makes historical figures real for contemporary readers, and changes a traditional novel into a cinematic experience. Many of his books can be read by young readers but hold appeal for those more practiced. Selznick's art adds immeasurably to stories, real and fantastic; written by the illustrator or by others. Meet Brian Selznick through his art and work recommended here.
When he was 10 years old, Victor wanted to be just like master magician Harry Houdini. For years Victor did not realize what magic he held in his hands with a box initialed "E.W." What happened years later when Victor discovered that Houdini's given name was Ehrick Weiss creates a plausible and captivating glimpse at a major historical figure.
Though only 10 years old, Alonzo King wants to be the "boy of a thousand faces" just like his favorite actor Lon Chaney is the "man of a thousand faces" in the horror movies that Alonzo watches on late-night television. As Halloween approaches, Alonzo becomes an expert in using make-up and knowledge of The Beast.
Image and text combine in a unique presentation to tell the story of an orphan boy who lives between the walls of a Paris train station and repairs its clocks. Monochromatic illustrations change perspective and move in and out, and alternate with text to tell this mysterious, breathtaking, and riveting tale. Winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal.
Lonely and isolated, Lucy and Ezra build a robot that comes alive to become the Robot King. The Robot King leads the children on a fantastic, almost surreal adventure until the children return home when they see their father. Handsome illustrations make a complicated tale become tangible and real.
Two stories of different young people, one told wordlessly using illustration, the other in narrative, converge in this uniquely told, riveting book.
Books illustrated by Brian Selznick
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