Friday, April 26, 2013

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

From goodreads: 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.

I don't know what more I can say--this book is AMAZING!!! The drawings and writing are spectacular. Brian Selznick is mega talented! I was wonder struck just reading it--I was totally sucked into this book.

I love that the story is centered around libraries and museums. I loved this quote:

“He wished he was with his mom in her library, where everything was safe and numbered and organized by the Dewey decimal system. Ben wished the world was organized by the Dewey decimal system. That way you'd be able to find whatever you were looking for, like the meaning of your dream, or your dad.”

Don't let the size of this book intimidate you. Half of it is told through pictures, so it's a fast read. Kids will really relate to this story of friendship, loyalty, and discovery. I loved every second I spent reading this book.

Rating: 5
Published: 9.2011 
Age: 8+

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