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Kaleidoscope

By: Brian Selznick,Robert Een - music
Narrated by: Gwendoline Christie,Brian Selznick - author's note - interview
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A ship. A garden. A library. A key. 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 center of their relationship is a mystery about the nature of grief and love which will look different to each listener. Kaleidoscope is a feat of storytelling that illuminates how even the wildest tales can help us in the hardest times. With music by Robert Een.

©2021 Brian Selznick (P)2021 Scholastic Inc. All rights reserved.
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Mystical and moving

A fragmented, elegiac collection of short stories by Brian Selznick. These tales are beautifully written and suffused with a yearning, mournful quality.

Stick around for the brief interview with Selznick at the end, in which he explains how Kaleidoscope (a five-year project) came apart and then came together again in the midst of the pandemic. The stories are ostensibly aimed at age ten and up, but I think grown-ups will love them too. In some ways they seem too heavy for children, but after nearly two years of pandemic-related death and upheaval, these gentle tales of longing and loss might resonate deeply with young readers.

Gwendoline Christie’s narration is impeccable.

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  • Silvia
  • 06-07-22

Thanks Brian for choosing Gwendoline.

The Book: 3 and a half stars. The story, or rather stories, are all short and different from each other, based on fantasy and almost all of them have a very sad imprint, which I actually appreciated. Some are really "weird", but the beauty is also in that. Just open your mind and your heart while reading/listening to them.

Gwendoline Christie reading the book: 10 stars. I love her, she's one of my favorite actresses, there is no person in the world who can stand up to her voice and her intensity.
Thanks Brian for choosing her.

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  • Nina Norlund
  • 05-17-22

Weird but in a good way

Gwendoline Christie were fantastic as a narrator, her voice is just magical to listen to. The story was weird but in a good way. Listening to the author explain the storyline/writing process at the end really helped me to understand why it was built like it was.

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  • Mike Watson
  • 04-25-22

Hmmm….

In a single word… weird.
Not bad, just odd.
Powerful stories that ebb and flow in different directions.
100% needs another read!

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  • jamie
  • 10-17-21

Utterly odd

This is not really a story. I am not even sure what it is. It is a disjointed pathway of imagery that leaves the reader yearning for a plot. Perhaps I just did not understand it but I would not recommend.