// December 29th, 2011 // Book Reviews

Title: Wonderstruck

Author: Brian Selznick



From Brian Selznick, the creator of the Caldecott Medal winner THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, comes another breathtaking tour de force.

Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey.

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother’s room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.

Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories–Ben’s told in words, 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. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful–with over 460 pages of original artwork–Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.

My Review:

I knew that my mom was reading Wonderstruck. After she finished it, she dropped it on the couch. I grabbed it, and started reading. It is a huge book, but it looks bigger than it is because it has a lot of pictures. I finished it in 2 days.

Wonderstruck is a fantastic and beautiful book. I loved it. It is one of the most unique books out there. It has words and pictures that both tell a story. The pictures tell the story from the 1940s and the words tell the story in the 1970s until they collide close to the end. That is one of the reasons I liked the book.

Another reason I liked the book is that I learned what it is like to be deaf. I now know that being deaf won’t end the world because you can still be productive and achieve your goal and make friends.

I learned quite a few things in this book. I learned that there is a miniature version of New York City (the Panorama) in the Queens Museum of Art. What was interesting is that the museum is not far from my house and I didn’t know it existed! I also know that there is a Brian Selznick exhibit near the Paronama. I really want to visit the museum.

I read Brian Selznick’s other book, The Adventures of Hugo Cabret. It also has words and pictures which tells a story. I also liked that book. I will be writing a book review about that book soon.

I rate this book 10 out of 10 stars. Yes. It was that good. I recommend this book to people who are 9 or older because younger readers may not understand some of the concepts. For example, it might be hard for them to understand how there is a story in the words, and the pictures. People who like mystery, history and adventure would definitely love this book. I hope you will love this book as much as I did.

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