The Marvels was not as good as Brian Selznick's other books. The first three quarters of this book was pictures, with the last quarter being text, and, though it took me a while to figure out what was going on in the picture story, I became quite invested in it. Then I got to the text portion. The characters in the last quarter of the book were annoying. They didn't have much character development, and I became frustrated by them. I found myself counting the pages until I'd be done with the book. Perhaps the book would have been as compelling as The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck if it had had alternating text and pictures like those two had. At any rate, while I still enjoyed parts of this book, it was a disappointment after Selznick's other books.