Book Review : The Marvels by Brian Selznick

                          ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5 

I first heard about this book two years ago before I saw it in a book fair, I wanted to buy it then but couldn’t for some reason. Let’s just say that some dreams come true later than you expect them to be. 

I was sent this book by Scholastic India,  thank you. All my views are honest and true. 

The journey begins at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage.

Nearly a century later, runaway Joseph Jervis seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale’s strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.

This book was magical. It just re- ignites ones love for stories. The fascination and the magic they bring in our lives. I wonder what if I was not a reader, I would have so much of so many worlds. 

The book is told in two timelines and also in two different way of story telling. The first four hundred pages are told in picture form. Now this might be something that you might hesitate to go into as you feel because the book is not linear in its form, it won’t be that impactful. Don’t fall into that thought, because the story is just as impactful and understandable in the picture form. And who does not love some amazing art work.  Duh!

This book is so engrossing and engaging that you will never know and it is nearing the end of it. The characters are so relatable like you want more of their lives. 

. I was reminded of those childhood movies that we use to watch during Christmas time. 

There is a homely vibe to it as somewhere or the order we are getting to know about this family of MARVELS and it is a type of attachment we feel for them. ☘

This book is half written in pictures and half in text but the impact is just there each time. I loved it. 

It is very warm and emotional. 

Ever imagined a picture book bringing tears in your eyes, me neither. But it did. I cried. 

The second timeline of the book is written like any other book but oh boy, the writing is so atmospheric. I wanted to visit the house in this book, not gonna lie. 

There is something so magical, atmospheric, warm and haunting about this book. All at the same time. You will want to know more and it better be good. 

The major theme or something that you learn from this book is definately the idea that families are so important part of our lives. Like it is for the people we love that we survive. It is that unknown and incompressible connection with them that will always drag you near them. 

I wanted to read more and more about this book even after it ended. There was something so tragically lovely about this. 

I don’t think I can find any better word than describing my feelings for it in three words – I loved it. 

PS : the book is beautiful with golden edges and a lot of glittering golden on the cover with the perfect blue beneath it. It gives the exact magical vibes just as the inside of  gives it as we read. 

Don’t feel intimidated by the size of this book.  It is so worth it. It’s a perfect gift material. It is best gift for the little ones, to read them as you tuck them up in beds. So that they can learn the bond of family and the joy of reading. 

“Even a broken watch is correct twice a day”

Highly recommend. 

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