Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wonderstruck (Brian Selznick)

Title: Wonderstruck
Author: Brian Selznick
Publisher: Scholastic
Length: 629 pages
Rating: 4.5/5

Two stories, fifty years apart. The story of Ben is told in words; the interwoven story of Rose is told in pictures. Both stories lead to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and their stories collide in the warmest of ways.

Don’t be intimidated by the size of this book. It’s recommended for children age nine and up, and I agree that it’s the perfect read for kids and adults. Because of the driving story and easy-on-the-eyes pictures, it’s a quick read that will leave you, well, wonderstruck.

Things I loved:
1.      The way the two stories were perfectly interwoven, so that they can stand on their own, but also add meaning to one another.
2.      The pictures are incredibly beautiful and detailed. (My favorite detail was a Star Wars movie poster in the New York subway.)
3.      This book is partially about Deaf culture. Brian Selznick does a wonderful job of celebrating the culture, while touching on its hardships and teaching readers how to accept it.
4.      After watching Hugo, I was sure Brian Selznick hated all adults. Turns out, adults are redeemable in his books if they were awesome children and can rediscover what they loved as kids. I love this idea- everyone should tap their inner child. 

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