I love "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" as do my students (I work in two k-5 libraries) so when my ALA going friend offered to send me the ARC of BrianI love "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" as do my students (I work in two k-5 libraries) so when my ALA going friend offered to send me the ARC of Brian Selznick's new work "Wonderstruck" I really was excited, and rightfully so, this book truly is a wonder!
It is similar to Hugo in that it is half yet and half graphic novel, but in this book the switching between graphics and text is very structured. Ben's story from 1977 was in text, while Rose's sections of the story are pictorial and set in 1927. Ben's story was engaging because it read as both an adventure and a mystery, I'm the type of person who would love to find herself living in a museum or a library.
You would think that Ben's story would be more detailed, that a reader would connect to him more as a character due to the opportunities text stories give for explanations, dialogue and character study, but following Rose's adventures in New York city was just as accessible. Selznick's detailed pictures are a visually treat to view, a wonder box itself, but it's the expressions of characters and the moments he choses to focus your attention on ( often done by showing a close up and expanding the view out to show more elements) that give you insight into Deaf Culture and the loneliness that comes from feeling like you don't have a place in the world.
I actually think my students will enjoy this as much Hugo, maybe even more because it is more accessible for them based on subject matter. Hugo looked flippin' cool, that's why they love it, not because they understand French cinema and automations.
This is a story that they can connect with more personally - filled with the excitement and wonder of a field trip to a world class museum and the heart and emotion of a Hallmark movie lol yeah I cried, I'm a sap like that ;)...more
This book completely appealed to my 12 year old self, the one who used to read Fear Street, and had her own secret ghost story club under the bridge iThis book completely appealed to my 12 year old self, the one who used to read Fear Street, and had her own secret ghost story club under the bridge in town (very Midnight Society)and even as an adult I was completely hooked by this concept. Last year one of my students brought his copy from home, and I had a huge crowd of AM library go-ers who would watch the videos as he reached the correct points...they would replay them over and over until the next day when he was ready to move on to the next video (I love that he did not skip ahead, even though at times tonight I really wanted to) So I had answered the "MISS C YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS!!!" call and probably had seen all the videos without reading the book at the time, haha...but they creeped me out, and I LOVE scary movies haha. I really enjoyed the format of this book, text and vlogs, and "live" videostreaming. I'm giving this 5 stars because the concept, and execution was so fun and because it hooked a whole grade of students into reading. It's nothing out of the world writing wise, or plot wise (though I haven't worked it all out yet) it's just a great adventure for those who like ghost stories, and mysteries. My Third-5th graders love this series, but I could see it being popular with middle school too. I agree with another reviewer, the characters seemed younger than 15...but I would be running around with a video camera at 15 hunting for ghosts so maybe it's not THAT unrealistic ;) Oooh man, if they had digital cameras when I was a kid......more
Ordered this one for our school library with donation money set aside to honor our retiring principal. I wanted to pick some books that had to do withOrdered this one for our school library with donation money set aside to honor our retiring principal. I wanted to pick some books that had to do with what she instilled in the students, manners, respect and joy of school so I felt this would be great choice...plus it is a great read for Our k and 1 students for the guidance department if needed, or classroom teachers who need an example of good social skills and manners. Overall I felt this was a great way to teach the golden rule, simple, straight forward and plenty silly (Harry otter book cover for example ;) ) I think this book will get used often and out principal will get a kick out of having it donated in her honor....more
Hahn's books were some of my favorites when I was in elementary school, so I picked this one up at the book fair to see if it lived up to her books frHahn's books were some of my favorites when I was in elementary school, so I picked this one up at the book fair to see if it lived up to her books from the late 80's and 90's. I felt it took a bit too long to get to the good and spooky stuff, some of my students might have given up on it early...but that would be a shame, because it really had it's moments that even gave me the shivers (but in a good way). The watery cover and dark imaginary relating the lake is enough to make me wonder what might be underneath me next time I go for a swim....more