My Rating: 5/5
Source: Scholastic Australia
Buy: The Book Depository
Two seemingly unrelated stories--one in words, the other in pictures--come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle's puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.
This book contains two stories that are connected in a way I can't explain without revealing massive spoilers.
The first book is told entirely through drawings. The second is told through a combination of drawings and words.
The author conveys his story extremely well using both methods. I honestly cannot choose which skill he is better at.
I love the drawings in this book. They really carried the story. They were expressive and conveyed the story perfectly.