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Brian Selznick - Author

About the 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 travels extensively to research his books. He spent six months in Washington, D.C., for Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, he travelled to England for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and he visited Walt Whitman’s childhood home in West Hills, New York, for Walt Whitman: Words for America. Brian visited the city of Paris three times to research The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Brian’s most recent book is Wonderstruck.

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 by Brian Selznick

Other books by Brian Selznick

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

Author: Brian Selznick Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2021

'[Selznick is] a postmodern hero of middle-grade children's fiction... Those who revel in puzzles, philosophical conundrums and musings on transience, time and grief will adore this challenging read' The Times 'The most perfect feat of storytelling' Scott Evans, The Reader Teacher 'It has touched me in a way I can't express... Breath-taking' Ceridwen Eccles, primary teacher and blogger at Teacher Glitter A ship. A garden. A library. In Kaleidoscope, the incomparable Brian Selznick presents the story of two people bound to each other through time and space, memory and dreams. At the centre of their relationship is a mystery about the nature of grief and love which will look different to each reader. Kaleidoscope is a feat of storytelling that illuminates how even the wildest tales can help us in the hardest times. Brian Selznick's first book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, was the winner of the esteemed Caldecott Medal, the first novel to do so, as the Caldecott Medal is for picture books Released as a live-action film Hugo in 2011, directed by Martin Scorsase and starring Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Sacha Baron Cohen, Richard Griffiths, Ray Winstone, and Christopher Lee. Brian Selznick's second book, Wonderstruck, was also made into a feature film, starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams

Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Author: Brian Selznick, David Serlin Illustrator: Brian Selznick Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Lost jewels? Missing pizza? Stolen spaceship? Baby Monkey can help . . . if he can put on his pants! Caldecott medalist Brian Selznick and author David Serlin bring Baby Monkey's adventures to life in an exciting new format that blends elements of picture book, beginning reader and graphic novel. It is ideal for sharing aloud and for emerging readers. With over 120 black and white drawings accented with red, Brian Selznick's extraordinarily detailed pages hold delights for children and adults alike!

Invention of Hugo Cabret With CD

Invention of Hugo Cabret With CD

Author: Brian Selznick Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2008

ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlock with an eccentric girl and her grandfather, Hugo's undercover lfe, 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.

Invention of Hugo Cabret

Invention of Hugo Cabret

Author: Brian Selznick Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2007

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. (Runtime 2 hours, 51 min)

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