Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick brings reader into two worlds that are spaced 50 years apart, about a girl named Rose in 1927 and a boy named Ben in 1977. Both worlds have voids within the family and with both characters they yearn and search to find what works for them in order to feel that they belong. The boy’s story is told with words where images tell girl’s story. Ben is hearing challenged when the book begins and without giving away spoilers you will find a story that involves communication, family, the love of museums and adventure. This is imagery at its best with pure heartfelt feelings pouring out of the pages. A beautiful story you will want to read over and over again.
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, 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.
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