Friday, March 10, 2017

Book Revew: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Title: Wonderstruck
Author: Brian Selznick
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Genre: Middle-Grade, Historical Fiction

Length: 640 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed

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Literary Awards: 

Schneider Family Book Award for Middle School Book (2012)
Buckeye Children's Book Award for 3-5 (2012)

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee (2013)
Bluestem Book Award Nominee (2015)

Ben and Rose secretly wish for better lives. Ben longs for his unknown father. Rose scrapbooks a famous silent actress. When Ben finds clues and Rose reads enticing news, the children independently run to New York for what they are missing. Ben's story in words, Rose's in pictures, come together in deafness.

My Thoughts:
Ben is devastated by the loss of his mother. When he finds a book called Wonderstruck with a bookmark in it that has what he assumes is his father's name, address, and number on it, he decides to call. And that's when his life changes forever. He won't let his deafness stop him from his dreams to meet his father, though, so he runs away to New York City in search of him. 

This is an amazing double narrative, one told in words, and one shown with illustrations. These stories weave together, past and present, until they come crashing together in deafening silence. 

Wonderstruck was easy to fly through considering there are an average of about 6 illustrated spreads to each page of Ben's story but it is incredible and touching nonetheless. It's easy to feel for these characters, not because of their disability, but because the author does a wonderful job of immersing you in Ben's story and showing you Rose's. 

My Rating: 4 stars

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