The Autumn of Brian Selznick All Around the World

In Children's, What's the Buzz by Dennis Abrams

By Dennis Abrams

Fall 2011 might yet turn out the best time yet for award-winning novelist Brian Selznick. The eagerly awaited film version of his Caldecott Medal-winning modern-day classic, The Invention of Hugo Cabret will be released on November 23. The movie, retitled simply as Hugo, will be director Martin Scorsese’s first venture into 3-D film.

And even more importantly for book lovers, his second novel, Wonderstruck will being published on September 13th by Scholastic Press. Wonderstruck contains some 460 pages of original drawings, and will be published in simultaneously in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.

To mark the event, New York’s Books of Wonder bookstore will temporarily change its name to Books of Wonderstruck. An event will be held in Selznick’s honor on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:00 to celebrate the book’s launch. The store will fly the Wonderstruck banner for the rest of the week, with signed copies of Selznick’s book and free gifts for all who purchase a copy while supplies last.

The Wall Street Journal offered a preview of the book for eager readers.

About the Author

Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for news, children's publishing and media. He's also a restaurant critic, literary blogger, and the author of "The Play's The Thing," a complete YA guide to the plays of William Shakespeare published by Pentian, as well as more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers.