Brian Selznick’s ‘Big Tree’ to be released next spring – The Journal


Brian Selznick’s next book was inspired in part by famous friend Steven Spielberg

NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Selznick’s next book was inspired in part by famous friend Steven Spielberg.

Billed by publisher Scholastic as a “love letter to the natural world,” Selznick’s “Big Tree” tells the story of two sycamore seeds and their quest through time and space to save the world. The 528-page book, featuring nearly 300 pages of Selznick’s illustrations, is out April 4, 2023. He began work on “Big Tree” after Spielberg suggested he write a story about nature, from the point view of nature.

“‘Big Tree’ is about a kind of hope that can be found in nature,” Selznick said in a statement released Thursday. “It’s about surviving by working together to create community. It’s about moving forward, planning for the future, and growing, even in the face of destruction. The natural world offers so many beautiful metaphors to help us live. Trees need each other to survive the same way people need each other to survive. And like nature, we must be adaptable as we grow.

In a statement about the book, Spielberg said, “The story of the natural world is the greatest story we have to tell, and Brian delivers a brilliant chapter of it in the pages of ‘Big Tree’.”

Selznick’s previous books include ‘Wonderstruck’, ‘The Marvels’ and ‘Invention of Hugo Cabret’, winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal for Illustration of a Children’s Story and the basis for Martin Scorsese’s film ‘Hugo’. .

FILE – Brian Selznick attends the premiere of ‘Wonderstruck,’ during the 55th New York Film Festival in New York on October 7, 2017. Selznick’s upcoming book, ‘Big Tree,’ a 528-page book featuring nearly 300 Selznick’s illustration pages, will be released on April 4, 2023. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)


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