Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Wonderstruck is a novel told in words and illustrations that follows the story of Ben in 1977 Minnesota and Rose in 1927 New York City.  Ben’s story is told in text, like a “regular” book, while Rose’s story is told completely with beautiful pencil drawings.

Ben has recently lost his mother to a car accident and knows nothing about his father.  A chance discovery of a note in a book leads him to runaway in search of his father.

Rose, born deaf, leads a secluded life in New Jersey, where her family hopes to keep her safe.  When she runs away to New York City she embarks on an adventure at the American Museum of Natural History.

An enchanting and awe-inspiring story, Wonderstruck is revolutionary.  And if you haven’t read Brian Selznick’s other novel in words and pictures, the Caldecott Medal Winner, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, I highly recommend that as well.  And watch for the Hugo Cabret movie coming this Thanksgiving.

For more info about Wonderstruck watch this fun book trailer.

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