Brian Selznick, author of the Caldecott medal-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, has just released what has to be the most elaborate book trailer ever for his upcoming The Marvels. He created all of this by hand. For more details on the process, look to The Wall Street Journal: Speakeasy.
Selznick crafts books that meld the written word with elaborate black and white, cinematic images. Part of the tale is told text with drawings that frequently zoom in to more and more detail telling the rest of the story. The result is an arresting blend, a unique and beautiful gift to the world. With The Marvels, the tale will be split in two: Half will be in text, half in images.
Now all we need to do is wait until September 15 to find out where the dragon fits in.
The Marvels synopsis:
Two seemingly unrelated stories–one in words, the other in pictures–come together. 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.