Happy Birthday, Brian Selznick!
You may not recognize his name, but fans of classic children’s art and magical stories certainly know his work.
The award-winning author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret will celebrate a birthday tomorrow, July 11th.
Hugo Cabret is the first of his characters to come alive in a movie—in the 2012 box office hit Hugo.
Born in New Jersey, Selznick says he can’t remember a time when he WASN’T drawing. He even did a one-man show of his work when he was in Junior High!
Selznick has always been fascinated by magic and mythology. His first book, The Houdini Box, had him imagining what it would be like if the great Houdini had given a young boy a mysterious box!
His wonderful illustrations have been used in both novels and picture books for other writers, too. My favorite is Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan. It is an imagined story of what happened the night Amelia Earhart flew Eleanor Roosevelt over Washington, D.C. in an airplane. It’s a great story, and the art is amazing!
For a real treat, check out Selznick’s most recent novel, the 2012 Schneider Family Award Book, Wonderstruck, and watch how he magically weaves words and pictures together.
Great reads for summer days!