I love this book. Selznick's unique back and forth of story told through text and story told through picture seems more cinematic than the traditional picture book or traditional novel. Similar to American Born Chinese, there are two story lines (Ben's and Rose's) that eventually intertwine near the end of the book. I love that the book is HUGE, but yet a manageable read for most of my intermediate and middle school students.
The main characters are both deaf; providing a unique perspective of the world--one that many students may not have personal experiences with. Both Rose and Ben go on an adventure of sorts to discover a world bigger than their own. They are brave and inquisitive. Rose is not held back by her disability, she is stronger than her parents think. Ben does not give up on his quest to discover his father and the payoff in the end was a joy to read.
Selznick is a genius and I look forward to many more of his beautiful and unique stories.