ACHUKA Book of the Year 2021
ACHUKA Book of the Day 24 Sep 2021
Times Children’s Book of the Week 11 Sep 2021
New York Times Best Children’s Books 2021
“…the book feels like Covid art. Not because it deals with a virus (thankfully) but because it is suffused with longing, with isolation that can almost be breached, with bewilderment, with rage and with wonder at the fragile exquisiteness of life.” New York Times
“Don’t expect a neat ending and resolution, but perhaps wonder at how strangely refreshing this is for children’s literature. Best to let it float over you, and you might be surprised how sticky the images and ideas become.” The Times
“His most complex work to date.” KIRKUS
“Delicate pencil interstitials that resemble a kaleidoscope’s mirrored fractals connect the end of each chapter to a lush image at the beginning of the next, creating deliberate beats. Turn by turn, the book offers affecting moments of discovery and loss—like the solitary experience of peering through a kaleidoscope and watching it fracture and change.” Publishers Weekly
“A brilliant example of the power of words and pictures, of storytelling itself.” New York Journal of Books
“Just as a kaleidoscope rearranges the same elements into different patterns through the use of mirrors and reflections, so Selznick offers twenty or so short episodes, arranged as morning, afternoon and evening, which are complete in themselves and also have a perceptible but mysterious relationship with one another.” BfK 5-star review
A ship. A garden. A library. In Kaleidoscope, the incomparable Brian Selznick presents the story of two people bound to each other through time and space, memory and dreams. At the centre of their relationship is a mystery about the nature of grief and love which will look different to each reader.
Brian Selznick’s first book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, was the winner of the esteemed Caldecott Medal, the first novel to do so, as the Caldecott Medal is primarily for picture books.