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.


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"Wonderstruck" reviewed by Ashley B. on July 7, 2014

Ashley B.
Brian Selznick
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Wonderstruck is a great book about a young, deaf, and orphaned deaf boy named Ben. He was born deaf in one ear but was hit by a bolt of lightning;robbing him of his hearing forever. Ben meet an elderly lady named Rose who teaches sign language, and a boy named Jamie. Throughout the book Ben learns to be happy the way he is and to keep looking at the stars.
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Brian Selznick has also written a book called The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
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Yes, I would recommend this book for people who like thrill seeking, mysterious, emotion evoking novels.
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