It is December 21 the longest night of the year. Since I often “save” my reading till night I am more than happy to have a long winters night to get caught up on 2015 release books. There are so many books I have not gotten to this year but wanted to.
The Children’s book awards come early this year -January 11- that is only a few weeks away. There is a lot of reading to do. So here is a book I think will be discussed but wonder if it will fit into the awards line up.
This week I finished The Marvels by Brian Selznick. Once again he has pushed his creative style with the first half of the book all images – then he moves us in time and place with a section of words and shifts one more time at the end returning to images. I love how he moves us through this story inside a story. He builds questions and puzzles leaving us with a mystery to solve along with Joseph, the main character in part two.
The images gave me the sense of being at the theater which is where the first part of our story takes place. There is so much that builds and weaves through this story that it is hard to write about it. The magic is in the close looking and reading.
Selznick has made links to classic literature through Shakespeare’s plays, Yeat’s poetry, Greek mythology, and current children’s lit. He has woven in issues of family relationships, the building of community and more. The latin phrase Aut Visum Aut Non, which floats through the book is a gentle reminder to look – as Albert says “either you see it or you don’t.” Seeing is what Selznick helps us do through is masterful story telling.
The question now is – what is on your to be read list?
What do you think I should read before the Newbery awards are announced?
On my list to still read:
- George by Alex Gino
- Curious Tale of the In Between by Lauren DeStefano
- Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
- Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia