I'm excited about the movie Hugo
, opening this week, based on Brian Selznick's amazing book The Invention of Hugo Cabret
(winner of the 2008 Caldecott Award). Selznick's newest title, Wonderstruck
, is no less incredible. Alternatively told in pencil drawings (Rose's story, set in the late 1920s) and words (Ben's story, set 50 years later), the tales eventually intertwine in ways that are surprising and poignant. Even if you think you're not interested in the history of museums and dioramas, wolves, deafness and deaf culture, constellations, and silent movies, you'll find Selznick's blending of these elements creates a spellbinding read as well as a visual treat. Listen and watch Selznick tell us about his newest masterpiece at Scholastic's Wonderstruck website
, and visit Selznick's website
for some more insight into the man and his work and interests, including a list of his favorite "weird websites
." Recommended for grades 4 and up.