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Brian Selznick - Author

Caldecott Honour–winning illustrator and New York Times bestselling author Brian Selznick graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with the intention of becoming a set designer for the theatre. 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 Honour for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and a Robert F. Sibert Honour for When Marian Sang.

Brian lives in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.

Brian on creating his groundbreaking book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret which combines elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film: "Several years ago, I read a review of a book called Edison's Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life by Gaby Wood. The review mentioned the true story of a collection of elaborate mechanical windup figures (known as automata), which had once been owned and loved by a great French film director named George Méliès. These amazing machines were eventually donated by Méliès to a museum in Paris, but the collection was neglected in a damp attic and eventually had to be thrown away. I imagined a boy finding these broken, rusted machines, and thus Hugo and his story were born."

Featured Books, with extracts, by Brian Selznick

The Marvels
Brian Selznick
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heart-rending beauty, and featuring Selznick's most arresting art to date, The Marvels is a moving tribute...
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Format: Hardback | Released 15/09/2015
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The Hugo Movie Companion
Brian Selznick
Award-winning Brian Selznick goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the making of the blockbuster film of his best-selling The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The book was inspired by film which makes it especially fitting to see how...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2011
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Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick
Beautifully produced, this is a fabulous addition to the best-selling The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Like its predecessor it is told equally through illustrations and words; Ben's story is in words and the story from a previous time is...
Lovereading Price: £11.99 - Saving £3.00 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/09/2011
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Invention Of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick
Tender, magical, utterly original, this is a stunning tour de force from an innovative and daring storyteller and artist. A book to treasure, to dip in and out of forever whether you're 9 or 109. The Invention of Hugo Cabret...
Lovereading Price: £11.99 - Saving £3.00 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2007
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