(I really like the name)
By Brian Selznick
Ages 9-12 – 608 pages
Published September 13, 2011 by Scholastic Press
The year is 1977. Ben’s mother died a couple of years ago in a car crash and he never knew his father. Ben is now living with his aunt, uncle and cousin (his cousin can be cruel to him sometimes) in Michigan. Ben also happens to be half deaf. When he holds a ringing phone to his good ear during a thunderstorm, lightning strikes the phone line and leaves Ben completely deaf. Ben feels even more alone. One day when he is looking through things that belonged to his mother, he found a book called “Wonderstruck” and in the book he finds a clue that his father may be living in New York City. Ben decides to go and search for his father.
Rose is a girl growing up in New Jersey in the 1920s. Rose is also completely deaf and feels very alone. Rose decides to runaway to find her mother, a movie actress, who is appearing in New York City.
The two stories are told together at the same time in the book. Ben’s story is told in words you read and Rose’s story is told all in pictures! The stories twist together even though they are 50 years apart! You find out toward the end of the book that Rose and Ben have a lot more in common then them both being deaf and searching for someone in New York City.
I was a big fan of Mr. Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret (see my review HERE) and Wonderstruck is awesome! I really liked how the 2 stories were told at once and how one of the stories is all pictures. It really let me use my imagination in the story. The illustrations are very detailed and really let you know what the characters see and feel. When you see Mr. Selznick’s books, don’t be scared of them! They are 500-600+ pages but a lot of it is illustrations and you’ll see that the illustrations add so much to the story!
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is being made into a movie (called “Hugo”) which comes out November 23, 2011. I can’t wait to see it!
To learn more about Mr. Selznick and his books visit his website by clicking HERE.