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Wonderstruck Hardcover – Sep 13 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 13 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545027896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545027892
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Wonderstruck

"[A] captivating, affecting novel...so gripping you can't flip the pages fast enough" -The National Post

"This is a big, beautiful book, a compulsive read, a veritable cabinet of wonders itself." -The Globe and Mail

"[A] miracle of a book." -Movie Entertainment Magazine

"[E]ngrossing, intelligent, beautifully engineered and expertly told in word and image." -New York Times Book Review

*"Selznick follows his Caldecott-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret with another illustrated novel that should cement his reputation as one of the most innovative storytellers at work today." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"[A] thing of wonder to behold." -School Library Journal, starred review

*"[Wonderstruck] is a gift for the eye, mind, and heart." -Boolist, starred reivew

*"Visually stunning, completely compelling, Wonderstruck demonstrates a mastery and maturity that proves that, yes, lightning can strike twice." -Kirkus, starred review

"There are puzzles at the core of this moving and ingenious story that make it likely to stay with children ages 9 to 15 long after they have finished reading." -The Wall Street Journal

"Brian Selznick's lovely story will likely find its own place in the hearts of young people who yearn for a world of their own." -National Public Radio

About the Author

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 research and talk about his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

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Format: Hardcover
Gold Star Award Winner!

Ben, a young boy, feels lost and alone ever since the death of his mother. Even though he lives with his aunt and uncle, he doesn't feel like he belongs. When loneliness get too much, Ben sneaks next door to the house he lived in with his mother and begins to look for something, anything to make him feel better.

When he finds a mysterious note that could possibly lead him to the father he's never known, he has to make the decision whether to follow his heart or stay where he is.

Rose, a young girl, feels lost and alone in a house with her stern father. With her mother out of the picture and her older brother living in New York, she is completely cut off from everyone. After one too many disagreements with her father, Rose decides to strike out on her own to New York City to find some peace of mind.

Both Ben and Rose find themselves at the American Museum of Natural History - only 50 years apart. Ben's story takes place in 1977 and Rose's story takes place in 1927. Ben's story is told in words, while Rose's story is told in pictures.

Brian Selznick does a masterful job combining two journeys to create one amazing story. A winner!

Reviewed by: Karin Librarian
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Format: Hardcover
This is the second book now that I've read by Brian Selznick and I have to say that he is brilliant! The way that he juxtaposes the text and the art, both of which move the story along, is amazing.

In Wonderstruck, he tells two stories: one of Ben, a ten year old boy in Minnesota whose mother has just died, is told in the text; and the other of Rose, a deaf girl fifty years earlier, is told in the pictures. These stories are weaved together beautifully to form a singular, beautiful story.

The characters and the emotion in the book are wonderful. I found that I really felt for both Ben and Rose and their impossible situations. Selznick uses both art and words to focus in on what is important and to help us sympathize with the characters.

Like the Invention of Hugo Cabret, this book appears to be long, but it is not. It has so many wonderful illustrations, this book has over 460 pages of them, that it is actually a fast read. However, I found myself lingering over the pictures, taking in the details and enjoying how well done they were.

I highly recommend this book for both kids and adults. The book would be good for middle grade and up and for those who like a well told story with adventure and touching humanness.
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Format: Hardcover
After watching The Invention of Hugo Cabret, I rose from my chair and applauded the cinematography. Not every director gets to frame shots like that. But then once I read the book, I realized that all the frames had been previously drawn by Selznick. If anything, he deserved a lot more credit. I'm happy to say that the quality of the illustrations are maintained in Wonderstruck.

Having lost his mother, Ben must face his home being sold. While going through his mother's personals, he discovers his father's identity and leaves for NYC alone. Despite being a minor -- a deaf minor. Rose's story on the other hand is told in pictures. She also ran away from home to find her mother. And yes, both stories intertwine with a sentimental ending. Throughout the book, the narration is moving and easy for a middle-grader to follow.

Thank you Selznick for illuminating us again with a sweet message of hope.
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 3 2011
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret and have just been waiting for Selznick to follow it up with something similar.

Following the same "genre-breaking form" he established in The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Selznick returns to the half text/half wordless picture book to tell two parallel stories set fifty years apart until they eventually merge together into the same tale. The first story set in the 1970s features Ben whose mother has just died in a car accident; he's never known who his father was and after looking around his mom's room he discovers some clues to his identity. He runs away to New York in search of the man he's never known. Fifty years earlier in the 1920s, we are introduced to Rose, a young girl with a fixation on a silent movie star who feels trapped in her own home. She too runs away to New York to find a friend named Walter, who will hopefully help her escape her strict father. Eventually the two stories catch up to each other and merge into one story.

Ben's story is told purely in text using roughly about 200 pgs., while Rose's story is told in the remaining 400-odd pages in wordless illustrated sequences. As each story alternates, the reader switches gears from reading words to gazing enraptured at the illustrations. The artwork, needless to say in superb! Selznick has created another masterpiece in this hybrid of novel and picture book. The story is compelling and touching. The characters lovable and real. My only beef would be that Hugo Cabret included with the illustrations photos and movie stills; Wonderstruck is pure illustration.
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