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Kaleidoscope

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Haunting collection of story fragments traces love and loss.

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Brian Selznick rearranges story elements to haunting effect in this collection of loosely related, illustrated fragments, left to the reader to weave together into their own story. Like its namesake, Kaleidoscope invites endless return visits and contemplations from new perspectives.Two boys with a near-cosmic connection, dark passages, sphinxes, knights, butterflies and more all turn up frequently in this collection of short tales steeped in overwhelming images of love, beauty, grief, loss, and transformation.

"I wonder if any of it was real. Could I have truly seen a cathedral tremble or a painting of an angel breathe? Could I have been lost inside a labyrinth? Was I really once a bird?

"Whenever the questions keep me up at night, I hear James whisper in my ear. He says, 'Yes,' and 'Yes,' and 'Yes,' and 'Yes.'"

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