Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book from the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for an honest review.
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Set fifty years apart, two independent stories—Ben’s told in words and Rose’s in pictures—weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder.
Ever since his mom died, Ben feels lost.
At home with her father, Rose feels alone.
He is searching for someone, but he is not sure who.
She is searching for something, but she is not sure what.
When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mom’s room,
When a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose
Both children risk everything to find what’s missing.
Brian Selznik is one author that I can easily go all “fangirl” over. He’s on my list of authors/illustrators I would love to meet. When The Invention of Hugo Cabret was published I so wanted him to win both the Caldecott and Newbery. When Amazon offered me a chance at an advanced copy of Wonderstruck, I jumped at it. I was not disappointed.
What I Liked About The Book: What was there not to love? Just like The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck is a truly wonderful book. I love that it tells the story in both words and pictures. Wonderstruck is two stories in one book – taking place 50 years apart, but being told a the same time. Rose’s story is told in Selznick’s outstanding illustrations and Ben’s is told in the well crafted text. Being the masterful storyteller that he is, Selznick ties both stories together at the end, making the reader realize they have been reading one big story all along. Wonderstuck is a story of longing, a story of searching for something that is missing. The sense of longing fairly leaps off the page at the reader – both from the text and the illustrations. I also like how Selznick provides a glimpse into the Deaf Culture in a meaningful and respectful way.
Don’t let the size of this book (over 600 pages) intimidate you. With the large number of illustrations and nicely paced story, it is easily readable in a long afternoon.
What I Didn’t Like About The Book: I absolutely loved it all.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good story and excellent illustrations.
Recommended for 3rd grade an up.
AR Level: 5.4