The Marvels is another tour de force by Brian Selznick, who has pioneered this particular format of illustrated novel. In the first half of the book, through illustrations, we follow the story of a theatrical family in London. The second half of the book, in text, is the story of a troubled young boy in the 1990s who runs away from school and ends up with his curmudgeonly uncle, who lives in a most extraordinary house. The two stories come together in magical and surprising ways.
I enjoyed this book more than Wonderstruck but not as much as Hugo Cabret.
I've seen the three books referred to as a series, or companion novels,
but they are really tied together only by format, as there is no
overlap in characters or plot that I can see. I found the story
intriguing, and now I have another place on the list of attractions to
visit next time I go to London!
(Reviewed from an advance copy, courtesy of the publisher.)