In The Marvels, Selznick crafts another remarkable artistic and bookmaking achievement that weaves together two seemingly unrelated stories-one in words, the other in pictures-with spellbinding synergy. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle's puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries., 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 to the power of story.
The first thing you notice about this extraorinarily ambitious book by Selznick is its beauty and size.... Selznick doesn't disappoint. There's a cracking twist, a gay angle, wise comment on the power of art and stories and dazzling illustrations... a compulsive graphic masterpiece which will appeal to grown-ups --The Times Children's Book of the Week 12th Sept 2015