Brian Selznick is a mad genius. That’s mad, mind you, in the very best sense of the word. Selznick’s last book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, won the prestigious Caldecott Medal and is coming to the big screen on November 23rd--prime family movie-going time. Anyone who’s cracked open Hugo has been met with the unique reading experience of detailed black & white illustrations powerful enough to tell the story with great nuance and a fraction of the text you would expect in such a hefty package. It’s a book you want to hold, flip through, and cherish.
So it is again with his long awaited new book, Wonderstruck. An Amazon Best Book of the Month in September, Wonderstruck is truly a book that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages in the same way adults and children share the thrill of watching a magician astonish us over and over again. Selznick is just such a magician. His books are a unique visual experience, and in Wonderstruck his parallel story lines--one in text, one in pictures--took up residence in my mind and haven’t left in the months since I first had a chance to read a proof of the book earlier this year. A highlight of my trip to Book Expo America in New York this year was a chance to meet and talk with Brian. You can watch the video interview below, or find out more about Wonderstruck, including this interview, here. One other thing I’ll mention--you can’t see it in the video, but he is wearing the most remarkable shiny red shoes. Just thought you should know.--Seira