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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
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Jul 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: advance-reader-copies, adventure, kids-books, realistic
Read from July 01 to 02, 2011

Despite its hefty length (600+ pages), Wonderstruck is a book that can be knocked out in a couple hours and is even something that can be recommended to younger or reluctant readers. How, you ask? Half the pages are illustrations.

Wonderstruck takes a unique approach to the multiple viewpoint telling that is becoming more and more commonplace in recent years. Set 50 years apart, it tells the stories of Rose and Ben, two deaf children who have a love for the hidden treasures that can be found at museums. Ben, an orphan who lost his hearing in a recent accidnet, tells in text how he runs away from his aunt and uncle's in search of his long lost father. Rose, deaf from birth, explains through images how she ran away from home to find the mother who abandoned her as a baby. Both children end up in New York City at the Museum of Natural History. Both find the family they came to search for...just not in the way they expected.

Although the story is simple, the telling is decidedly unique. The format exceptional. Readers will be able to relate easily to the characters. I predict this one will win awards--or at least be nominated for them.

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