Wonderstruck

by Brian Selznick
Illustrator Brian Selznick

SCHOLASTIC INC | September 13, 2011 | Hardcover

Wonderstruck is rated 5 out of 5 by 4.
From Brian Selznick, the creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the Caldecott Medal winner, comes another breathtaking tour de force.

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.

With over 460 pages of original drawings and playing with the form he invented 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. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful, Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 640 pages, 8.6 × 6 × 2.18 in

Published: September 13, 2011

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545027896

ISBN - 13: 9780545027892

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grade 4/5/6 Class Review of Wonder Struck The book is really exciting to read. We recommend it because of the art and the mystery that Brian Selznick drew and wrote. We specifically loved the artwork of the wolf diorama. The idea of the panorama was cool. This book is great for everyone (children and adults) to read. Brian Selznick did a great job of the story because it made sense. We would tell friends or people who are a big fan of Brian Selznick to read this book or if you liked the book Hugo Cabret you might like the book Wonder Struck. The way the author put two stories in one book was incredible. Ben’s character was about the age of the students in our class, so it was fun to imagine what it would be like to have an adventure like Ben or Rose. If you want a book with sign language or if you are interested in sign language, this is a great book for you. This book is recommended to people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing because there was a part with sign language and they might be able to relate to the character’s experiences. There is one thing we might change. This book is sad. For example when Ben gets hurt or some of the things that happen to his family. Our class thought that the book was a little bit too sad and that the book would have been better if more positive things had happened. Other than that, there isn’t anything we would have changed. This book was awesome and we would even read it again. It keeps you wondering what’s coming up next. That’s why it’s called Wonder Struck!
Date published: 2012-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! This is the second book now that I've read by Brian Selznick and I have to say that he is brilliant! The way that he juxtaposes the text and the art, both of which move the story along, is amazing. In Wonderstruck, he tells two stories: one of Ben, a ten year old boy in Minnesota whose mother has just died, is told in the text; and the other of Rose, a deaf girl fifty years earlier, is told in the pictures. These stories are weaved together beautifully to form a singular, beautiful story. The characters and the emotion in the book are wonderful. I found that I really felt for both Ben and Rose and their impossible situations. Selznick uses both art and words to focus in on what is important and to help us sympathize with the characters. Like the Invention of Hugo Cabret, this book appears to be long, but it is not. It has so many wonderful illustrations, this book has over 460 pages of them, that it is actually a fast read. However, I found myself lingering over the pictures, taking in the details and enjoying how well done they were. I highly recommend this book for both kids and adults. The book would be good for middle grade and up and for those who like a well told story with adventure and touching humanness.
Date published: 2012-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Selznick Strikes Again! Reason for Reading: I loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret and have just been waiting for Selznick to follow it up with something similar. Following the same "genre-breaking form" he established in The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Selznick returns to the half text/half wordless picture book to tell two parallel stories set fifty years apart until they eventually merge together into the same tale. The first story set in the 1970s features Ben whose mother has just died in a car accident; he's never known who his father was and after looking around his mom's room he discovers some clues to his identity. He runs away to New York in search of the man he's never known. Fifty years earlier in the 1920s, we are introduced to Rose, a young girl with a fixation on a silent movie star who feels trapped in her own home. She too runs away to New York to find a friend named Walter, who will hopefully help her escape her strict father. Eventually the two stories catch up to each other and merge into one story. Ben's story is told purely in text using roughly about 200 pgs., while Rose's story is told in the remaining 400-odd pages in wordless illustrated sequences. As each story alternates, the reader switches gears from reading words to gazing enraptured at the illustrations. The artwork, needless to say in superb! Selznick has created another masterpiece in this hybrid of novel and picture book. The story is compelling and touching. The characters lovable and real. My only beef would be that Hugo Cabret included with the illustrations photos and movie stills; Wonderstruck is pure illustration. I think the topic, themes and time period would have lent themselves well to including this type of media as well, especially considering one of the 1920s characters is a famous silent film/stage star. Otherwise a pure delight! Of the two I liked Hugo better but this is a worthy follow up and still deserving of a top rating. Looking forward to seeing Selznick continue in this fascinating format in a future book.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incrediblely unique and breathtakingly beautiful Jake's Review: I didn't like this one as much as mom, but it was still pretty cool. I really like how it was told half in pictures and half in words. Mom said there is another book like this that I might like even better, something about Hugo Caberat & its also going to be a movie. Think I know what Mom is getting me for Christmas (mom's note: smart alec!). I didn't want to read it at first because it looked like it was a thousand pages long, but once I opened it up and saw all the pictures I was ok with it. It was an exciting story and a really big surprise in it. I liked his friend Jamie because he was a really good friend to a total stranger and it was cool how he took him around the museum. My favorite part in the picture story was where they were walking over the miniature city, thought that was something I would like to do. Mom cried while reading it, but I didn't -- girls cry all the time you know (mom's note: must beat this sexism out of him). I would have liked it even better if it had more colour pictures and less words.(Mom's note: he's a huge graphic novel fan, so anything that is not graphic, is going to not be as good in his opinion). I felt really bad at times for the characters because they were deaf and so many things must have been difficult for kids back then. Rose's mom was really mean, sorta like Mom when I wake her up to early (mom's note: very true, I cannot lie). I think a more geeky guy like my friend Ben would like this even better. I really like the cover too! Jake's Rating: 7.5/10 Mom's Review: I am at a total loss for words for expressing how beautiful this book is, do yourself a favor and just pick up a copy, you will not be disappointed. Two stories told, one in pictures, the other in text and than they intersect together so beautifully. Wonderfully unique. The story is one of loss, yet at the same time of hope, understanding and forgiveness. I won't tell you how many times I teared up while reading and even while just gazing at the outstanding illustrations (works of art on their own). Some kids might struggle at figuring out the story done in pictures, but if they give it time, will be able to do it and fall in love with it. This is a must have for every school and public library and I will just come out and say it - it will win awards. Also just as an added bonus, the main characters mom is a cool Librarian, so that gives it an even higher rating in my opinion. The Acknowledgments and selected bibliography at the end are a nice added touch and will be helpful to kids wanting to learn more. This will be one that I will be purchasing for gifts and my copy will be added to the bookshelf -- only the very best are allowed in my limited book space now. Mom's Rating: 10/10 We received this from Scholastic in Exchange for an Honest Review. Update: I also got a signed copy at the Scholastic Author and Illustrator Dinner that I will be blogging about later this week.
Date published: 2011-10-02

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Wonderstruck

by Brian Selznick
Illustrator Brian Selznick

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 640 pages, 8.6 × 6 × 2.18 in

Published: September 13, 2011

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545027896

ISBN - 13: 9780545027892

About the Book

Set 50 years apart, two independent stories weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," Caldecott Medalist Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey. Illustrations.

Read from the Book

From Wonderstruck

When Ben opened his eyes, he was lying on the floor, staring at the ceiling.

Something smelled terrible and burnt. Thankfully the rain had stopped and everything was silent and peaceful. He could go back to his cousins'' house now.

He wanted to get up but he felt so tired. The bed, the nightstand and the dresser seemed so far away, as if Ben were looking at them through the wrong end of his telescope. In the distance, he saw the blue telephone.

It was off the hook and seemed to be smoldering. Then, through the windows, he saw something that seemed impossible. He saw rain still pouring down from the sky, streaking hard against the glass. He saw lightning flash without thunder.

How odd, he thought. The storm hadn''t stopped. Such quiet rain. It had been so loud before. Where had all the noise gone?

From the Publisher

From Brian Selznick, the creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the Caldecott Medal winner, comes another breathtaking tour de force.

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.

With over 460 pages of original drawings and playing with the form he invented 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. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful, Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.

About the Author

In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and the New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn''t traveling to research and talk about his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Wonderstruck

"[A] captivating, affecting novel...so gripping you can''t flip the pages fast enough" —The National Post

"This is a big, beautiful book, a compulsive read, a veritable cabinet of wonders itself." —The Globe and Mail

"[A] miracle of a book." —Movie Entertainment Magazine

"[E]ngrossing, intelligent, beautifully engineered and expertly told in word and image." —New York Times Book Review

*"Selznick follows his Caldecott-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret with another illustrated novel that should cement his reputation as one of the most innovative storytellers at work today." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"[A] thing of wonder to behold." —School Library Journal, starred review

*"[Wonderstruck] is a gift for the eye, mind, and heart." —Boolist, starred reivew

*"Visually stunning, completely compelling, Wonderstruck demonstrates a mastery and maturity that proves that, yes, lightning can strike twice." —Kirkus, starred review

"There are puzzles at the core of this moving and ingenious story that make it likely to stay with children ages 9 to 15 long after they have finished reading." —The Wall Street Journal

"Brian Selznick''s lovely story will likely find its own place in the hearts of young people who yearn for a world of their own." —National Public Radio

Appropriate for ages: 9

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