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Posted by Tom, November 10, 2015

The next Nosy Crow Reading Group is almost here – we’re discussing The Marvels by Brian Selznick

The next meeting of the Nosy Crow Reading Group is taking place next week – and there are still a few places left if you’d like to come along!

We’ll be discussing The Marvels, by Brian Selznick, on Wednesday, November 18 at 6.30pm, here at the Nosy Crow offices – 10a Lant Street, London, SE1 1QR. It’s an absolutely stunning book – beautifully illustrated by Selznick, and incredibly produced, with gold foil edges.

As usual, we have a few questions prepared for discussion – here’s some of what we might talk about on the evening:

  1. How successfully do you think The Marvels balances text and illustration? Did you prefer one element over the other? Is either more suited to telling a story?
  2. How well do you think Selznick handles the distinction between fact and fiction in the book?
  3. Who do you think The Marvels is “for”?
  4. How do you think the relationship between reader and text, and reader and character, functions in The Marvels?


And here are a few interesting links:

  • You can read the New York Times review of the book here
  • Here’s an interesting Wall Street Journal piece on how Selnick made his trailer for the book
  • Listen to a discussion on The Marvels in the September episode of Down the Rabbit Hole here


If you’d like to come along, you can register for a place with the form below, or at this page.

And you can watch a trailer (made by Selznick) for The Marvels below:

Buy the book online from Waterstones.

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