Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

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While Selznick’s drawings are evocative, his workmanlike prose merely does the job, lacking the suppleness and resonance of the drawings. That limits the characterization of Ben.
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From Brian Selznick, the creator of the Caldecott Medal winner The Invention of Hugo Cabret, comes another breathtaking tour de force.

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, these two independent stories--Ben's told in words, 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. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful--with over 460 pages of original artwork--Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.
 
 

About Brian Selznick

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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 promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Scholastic Press. 608 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Benki on Jan 06 2013

The story is a bit sad at the beginning, but I like it because it shows you how they all help each other.

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National Post arts

Below average
Reviewed by Sherie Posesorski on Oct 07 2011

While Selznick’s drawings are evocative, his workmanlike prose merely does the job, lacking the suppleness and resonance of the drawings. That limits the characterization of Ben.

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