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Wonderstruck

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Beautifully Illustrated and Riveting

Two stories, set fifty years apart; interwoven. One told through pictures and the other told through words.

The first story is of Ben, a young boy in the 1977 who just lost his mother and sets out to look for his father. The second story follows Rose, a young girl fr...
Two stories, set fifty years apart; interwoven. One told through pictures and the other told through words.

The first story is of Ben, a young boy in the 1977 who just lost his mother and sets out to look for his father. The second story follows Rose, a young girl from 1927's New Jersey who sets out to look for her idol, a movie star.

Both children's search take them to New York City. Both children - deaf - are struggling to find what they are looking for in a world where hearing is normal and sometimes taken for granted. In a sense, they end up mirroring each other's search and face similar hardships. How their lives intertwine in the end, though I was able to guess, was still very bittersweet.

I enjoyed the illustrations immensely. Brian Selznick sets out to tell a story through his pictures and he succeeds. The details in some of the pictures were amazing. I found myself looking forward to Rose's story even though I loved reading Ben's.

Brian also gives the reader a glimpse into Deaf culture, a culture that I've never experienced, and opened my eyes to a different lifestyle. I appreciated the way he told the story, giving the reader a glimpse into a world that some might not be familiar with. The story also echos with the longing we all have to belong somewhere, to be a part of something.

Wonderstruck is, at it's core, a story of acceptance and community. It's quite relatable and because of this, I think many people will enjoy reading it.

posted by Shanella on August 30, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Lightning did not strike twice

Ben is going through his mother's old belongings when a storm brews and lightning strikes the house. The force of the lightning goes through the phone he is holding against his ear, rendering him deaf. Instead of letting this setback in hearing bring him down, Ben decid...
Ben is going through his mother's old belongings when a storm brews and lightning strikes the house. The force of the lightning goes through the phone he is holding against his ear, rendering him deaf. Instead of letting this setback in hearing bring him down, Ben decides that this is the perfect time for him to go to New York to try and find his father. Once there, he follows the tiny clues he has, until a chance encounter with a stranger from his past changes his life forever.

Selznick's first book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is all but a common sight in middle grade schools. I was a little late reading it, thinking that all of the hype was just that, but when I did finally read it, I was completely blown away. The beauty of the drawings and timing in the pictures, mixed with the fascinating story of a boy and clockwork things was enough to keep me glued to the book. Now with Selznick's second book, I was hoping lightning would strike twice. Unfortunately, while the drawings and timing still had that "tear-through-the-book" quality, the story wasn't as interesting for me. There is a breakneck speed at which the plot unfolds, but I never really felt invested in the characters enough to care about what was happening to them. Readers will be captivated by the silent action that unfolds for a magical reunion, but I am hoping Selznick's next book packs a little more punch.

posted by ChelseaW on August 29, 2011

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    I loved it!! Absolutely a wonderful read. A story that will enha

    I loved it!! Absolutely a wonderful read. A story that will enhance your thinking of how KIDs think!! 

    Ben and Rose wish their lives were different. Which kid doesn't? Ben longs for the father he has
    never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook.
    They finally look into their mysterious lives and find an interesting character. And the amazing
    thing is.....it's set fifty years apart with Ben told in words while Rose is in pictures -- weaving back
    and forth with "mesmerizing symmetry". 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Good book for pre-teens

    Interesting book. A little too long for kids but pre-teens like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    This story is heart-warming and one of those books you just CAN'

    This story is heart-warming and one of those books you just CAN'T put down.

    I recommend people this creative, loving, mysterious, and completely touching book.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    The book Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick tells the stories of tw

    The book Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick tells the stories of two children who have hearing impairments. The stories are told by the children themselves. One child, Rose, tells her story through pictures and the other child, Ben tells his story through words. The book is able to pull the reader into it almost instantaneously and holds the reader’s attention throughout. This graphic novel alternates between two separate stories. Both children tell stories of how they long to go out on their own and discover the world. They take the reader along on journeys as they discover obstacles and hardships resulting from their hearing impairments. Throughout the book the reader is given the notion that the stories are connected in some way and just when it seems as though they found the connection the stories are given another twist and the reader is left wondering how the Rose and Ben are connected. It is not until the end of the story that the reader discovers Rose and Ben’s deep connection. Wonderstruck is a book that will make you want to read more. It tells a heart-warming story of two kids with hearing impairments who are trying to find some meaning in their lives.
    As a teacher I would use this book in a seventh or eighth grade classroom. I believe that there are a couple different lessons that middle school aged children can learn from it. It will give the children some insight into what it must feel like to have a hearing impairment and it will give the students an idea of the different trials and obstacles that people with hearing impairments must experience every day. The book itself will grab the interest of students at this age because it is written as a graphic novel. I believe that the students will enjoy reading a book that is partially told through pictures. They will have to stretch their minds to imagine Rose’s story line and the dialogue that goes on in her part of the story. I imagine that the classroom discussions about this book will be very active and involved. I believe that my students will have a lot of fun reading and completing activities for this book.

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