there. My name is Brian Selznick and I’m the author and illustrator of The
Invention of Hugo Cabret.
I was born in 1966 in New Jersey. I have a sister who is a teacher, a brother who is a brain surgeon,
and five nephews and one niece. I studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and after
I graduated from college I worked at Eeyore’s Books for Children in New York City. I learned all about children’s
books from my boss Steve Geck who is now an editor of children’s books at Greenwillow. While I
was at Eeyore’s I also painted the windows for holidays and book events.
My first book, The Houdini
Box, which I both wrote and illustrated, was published in 1991 while I was still working at the
bookstore. Since then, I have illustrated many books for children, including Frindle by Andrew
Doll People by Ann Martin and Laura Godwin, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz
Ryan and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which received a 2001 Caldecott Honor.
I have also written a few other books myself, including The Boy of a Thousand
Faces, but The Invention
of Hugo Cabret is by far the longest and most involved book I’ve ever worked on.
I live in Brooklyn,
New York, and San Diego, California.
For a complete list of all my books, click here.