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Brian Selznick

Author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

19+ Works 15,861 Members 1,072 Reviews 17 Favorited

About the Author

Brian Selznick is a Caldecott-winning author and illustrator of children's books born July 14, 1966 in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and then worked for three years at Eeyore's Books for Children in Manhattan while working on his first show more book, The Houdini Box. Selznick received the 2008 Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret. He also won the Caldecott Honor for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins in 2002. Additional awards include the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Rhode Island Children's Book Award, and the Christopher Award. The Invention of Hugo Cabret will be made into a film by director Martin Scorsese to be released in 2011. Other titles by illustrated by Selznick include: Frindle, The Landry News, Lunch Money, Wingwalker, and Baby Monkey, Private Eye. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007) 9,975 copies, 666 reviews
Wonderstruck (2011) 3,152 copies, 261 reviews
The Marvels (2015) 1,116 copies, 69 reviews
The Houdini Box (1991) 682 copies, 18 reviews
Baby Monkey, Private Eye (2018) 269 copies, 20 reviews
The Boy of a Thousand Faces (2000) 235 copies, 8 reviews
Kaleidoscope (2021) 211 copies, 8 reviews
Big Tree (2023) — Illustrator, some editions; Narrator, some editions — 124 copies, 13 reviews
Live Oak, with Moss (2019) — Illustrator — 45 copies, 1 review
The Robot King (1995) 37 copies, 4 reviews
Kutup Yildizi (2016) 1 copy
LE SECRET DU MAGICIEN (1997) 1 copy
Les notes de la Nora (2005) 1 copy

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Frindle (1996) — Illustrator, some editions — 9,848 copies, 214 reviews
Riding Freedom (1998) — Illustrator, some editions — 2,671 copies, 48 reviews
The Doll People (2000) — Illustrator — 2,154 copies, 56 reviews
Lunch Money (2005) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,961 copies, 155 reviews
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson (2002) — Illustrator — 1,449 copies, 102 reviews
The Meanest Doll in the World (2003) — Illustrator — 1,206 copies, 15 reviews
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins (2001) — Illustrator — 1,028 copies, 49 reviews
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride (1999) — Illustrator — 937 copies, 50 reviews
The Runaway Dolls (The Doll People) (2008) — Illustrator — 629 copies, 11 reviews
Hugo [2011 film] (2011) — Original book — 446 copies, 10 reviews
The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands (2018) — Contributor — 419 copies, 8 reviews
Walt Whitman: Words for America (2004) — Illustrator — 359 copies, 18 reviews
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contributor — 356 copies, 8 reviews
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Contributor — 280 copies, 21 reviews
The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves (2012) — Contributor — 265 copies, 5 reviews
The Art of Reading: Forty Illustrators Celebrate RIF's 40th Anniversary (2005) — Contributor — 243 copies, 3 reviews
Barnyard Prayers (2000) — Illustrator — 45 copies, 2 reviews
The Doll People Collection, Books 1-2 (2004) — Illustrator — 23 copies
Wonderstruck [2017 film] (2018) — Original book — 11 copies

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Selznick is a genius. There's just no way around it; he's doing things with books that nobody else is even thinking about. The story is beautiful and fun and poignant. Every illustration and every word is absolutely essential. I was wonderfully delighted by his prose style, and it made me wish he had done something similar with [b:The Invention of Hugo Cabret|9673436|The Invention of Hugo Cabret|Brian Selznick|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1422312376s/9673436.jpg|527941], but then neither book would have been as special. Give this to a kid who likes mysteries, but needs something different.… (more)
 
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Library_Guard | 68 other reviews | Jun 17, 2024 |
A really fantastic book which won the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. Mixing words with intricate drawings, Selznick tells the story of Hugo Cabret, an orphan living in the walls of a Paris train station. Hugo has a way with clockworks and is entranced by a mysterious automaton left to him by his father. When an old man, who runs a toy store in the station, discovers Hugo and his fixation, the mystery deepens as the old man seems to be connected. I was totally enthralled by this book and would have been downright obsessed with it as a child. Mark my words, this will book will be declared influential in the years to come.
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Library_Guard | 665 other reviews | Jun 17, 2024 |
{My thoughts} – This is by far one of the cutest beginner reader and chapter books I have come across. It’s got the needed repetitive words to help young readers learn and visualize what they have been reading over and over throughout the pages.

The illustrations match the words within the pages perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and flipping through the pages of this book.

It is a well thought out beginner reader that I believe had the potential to pull young readers into the pages.

I recommend this book for any beginner readers as it has the potential to help them become bookworms in the future. Also, let’s not forget it’s about a baby monkey!!! Who doesn’t want to read about a baby monkey?!?!
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Zapkode | 19 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |
Wonderful, magical, beautiful storytelling. I was amazed. Read in one sitting, and enjoyed every page. Thanks, Nikki!
 
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