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Wonderstruck (Schneider Family Book Award - Middle School Winner) Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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* “Selznick's story has the makings of a kid-pleasing classic…Another illustrated novel that should cement his reputation as one of the most innovative storytellers at work today.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "The way that the stories of Ben and Rose echo one another, and then finally connect, is a thing of wonder to behold.” -- School Library Journal, starred review
* “A gift for the eye, mind, and heart.” -- Booklist, starred review
* “Visually stunning, completely compelling, Wonderstruck demonstrates a mastery and maturity that proves that, yes, lightning can strike twice.” -- Kirkus, starred review
Awards and Distinctions for The Invention of Hugo Cabret :
2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal
National Book Award Finalist
#1 New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
#1 BookSense Bestseller
Select Praise for The Invention of Hugo Cabret :
* "A true masterpiece." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Fade to black and cue the applause!" -- Kirkus, starred review
* "Complete genius." – The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
* "Breathtaking." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "It's wonderful. Take that overused word literally: Hugo Cabret evokes wonder." -- New York Times Book Review
More About the Author
Brian has also designed theater sets and worked as a professional puppeteer. His first book, The Houdini Box, was inspired by a fascination with the famous magician. He has illustrated both novels and picture books for other writers, including the Sibert Honor books, When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan and Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara Kerley. His illustrations for Barbara Kerley's The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins won a Caldecott Honor Award in 2002; and in 2008, his groundbreaking book The Invention of Hugo Cabret was awarded the Caldecott Medal. It was nominated for a National Book Award and was the basis for Martin Scorsese's Oscar winning film Hugo. His follow up illustrated novel, Wonderstruck, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Brian's next book, The Marvels, will be published in the fall of 2015. Brian divides his time between New York, and San Diego.
Top Customer Reviews
It is 1977 in Gunflint Lake, Minnesota, and Ben Wilson is a young boy who has lost his mother. He now lives with his well-meaning aunt and uncle who are struggling financially, sharing a room with a resentful and bullying cousin, Robby, and wishing for the one thing that he can never have. Robby, partially deaf, has grown up in the sheltered world created by his mom, a single mother and librarian who fed his fascination with outer space and covered their fridge with her favorite quotations, and she isn't coming back.
"The North Star was the last star in the tail of the Little Dipper, and the book said that travelers had used this star for centuries to find their way when they were lost.
"If you are ever lost," his mom said when he showed her the book, "just find the North Star and it will lead you home."
His mom smiled, and pointed to a bulletin board next to her desk. Unlike the refrigerator at home, it had just one quote taped to it.
Ben read it out loud: "'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.'"
Because his mom was the town librarian, Ben was used to being surrounded by quotes from books, many of which he didn't fully understand. But this one struck him as particularly strange." (p.21-22)
One night, while looking up at the stars from the window of his cousin's room, Ben sees a light in his mother's window that, for him, is the beginning of a journey to find what has always been missing from his life.
Interspersed with Ben's story is that of a young girl, told only in pictures.Read more ›
In this book, we meet Ben, deaf in one ear, mourning the loss of his librarian mother from icy roads in Northern Minnesota in the 1970's. Living with aunt and uncle now, Ben longs to unlock many of his own mysteries, from his dreaming about wolves to the identity of his father. Ben starts his journey by returning one night to his house, in which going through his mother's things, he uncovers many things she had kept hidden from him, which soon launches his quest. In a second story, told not through text but pictures, we meet Rose, a girl living in 1920's New Jersey with views of New York City, who is starstruck by a silent film actress and longs to see her. Wonderstruck tells and shows the stories of these two people in ways that surprise and delight the reader through the story, none of which shall be revealed here.
Selznick does many things in this book that, beyond the marvelous story he tells, show true craftsmanship. First, as it was true with Hugo Cabret, his illustrations are heartfelt and glorious.Read more ›
In 1927, Rose is suffocating at home with her father in Hoboken, New Jersey. All Rose wants is to be able to go out by herself, like the other kids, and to watch Lillian Mayhew in silent films. When Rose learns that sound is coming to the movies and that Lillian Mayhew is starring in a play right across the river in New York City, how can she stay away?
Will New York City reveal its secrets for Ben and Rose? Will either of them find what they're searching for in Wonderstruck (2011) by Brian Selznick?
Wonderstruck is Selznick's second book told in words and pictures like his Caldecott winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret. In this book Ben's story in words intertwines in surprising ways with Rose's story told through pictures.
Although the format is still brilliant and the story is once again clever and utterly original Wonderstruck lacks some of the verve and guileless charm of Hugo Cabret. The story is messier with a more immediate sense of loss and details that never tie together quite as neatly as they did in Selznick's earlier novel.*
New York's American Museum of Natural History plays a prominent role in this story adding a nice to dimension to the story that will make it especially appealing for some readers** but Wonderstruck felt very busy as though it was tackling too much in one book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I contacted my son-in-law to ask if he recalled the title of the book that the boy had taken out of the library several times, we discovered he had it out yet again. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Just IMHO
A clever way to write a book. My husband, who does not love reading, really liked this book. I am giving it to my grandchildren who are late elementary ages. Read morePublished 11 days ago by rayjay
First off, I know I'm a lot older than the intended audience of this book, but I liked Hugo enough to buy it for my daughter, so I picked this up at the library and read it in... Read morePublished 27 days ago by HLGStrider
Beautifully illustrated book that arrived in pristine condition to my doorstep. Brain Selznick is a new favorite of mine and is for young adults and adults alike. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Jeep
This is little more than scanned PDFs. No search or notes capability. As a teacher using the book in the classroom, I was extremely disappointed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter Moran