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Ben and Rose secretly wish for better lives. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.

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Hardcover, 640 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Brandi I’d say she would absolutely enjoy it. It’s told from two children’s perspectives (I believe they are 12) and the story is simple and sweet. There is …moreI’d say she would absolutely enjoy it. It’s told from two children’s perspectives (I believe they are 12) and the story is simple and sweet. There is no bad language or adult themes, and even the question of a character’s paternity is handled gently and not using specific terms. (less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
i think this might be my favorite book by brian selznick. which is hard for me to say, because i've loved the other books i've read by him. we follow two story lines that eventually collide and the way in which they connect made my heart explode with both happiness and sorrow. even though there is no magic present in this story and it's realistic fiction, you can't help but still feel a presence of magic throughout it. overall i was struck with wonder throughout the reading of this book. (sorry ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Wonderstruck, Brian Selznick

Wonderstruck is a U.S. juvenile fiction novel written and illustrated by Brian Selznick.

Ben’s story starts in Gunflint Lake, Minnesota in June 1977. He was born deaf in one of his ears. Ben’s mom, Elaine, was the town librarian, but died in a car crash. He now lives with his aunt and uncle a couple miles across Gunflint Lake from the house he grew up in. Ben has never known his dad, but feels a pull to find out who he was. Ben discovers a bookmark in his mother's book
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

This book was beautiful!

And the artwork was so freaking amazing!!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
♛ may
Reasons why you should read this book RIGHT NOW

- beautifully woven adventure of a young boy
- dual perspectives (one written in word and the other in pictures)
- brilliant artwork im thoroughly impressed
- a sad, soft, smol boy
- a sad, soft smol girl
- they need protecting and love
- i wanna wrap everyone up in blankets and give them hot chocolate and marshmallows
- so much family love my heart
- dont be intimidated by the size
- brb forc
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Impressive and moving. Ok end of review. Just kidding, though I'm not sure if I have the words because there is so much that the reader experiences that isn't understood but felt.

The story is told from two perspectives. One from a girl named Rose who lives in the 20s and boy named Ben who lives in the 70s. Rose's story is told through pictures and Ben's through words. The two stories intertwine in the most fitting way.

I thought the combination of words and pictures was perfect for the story of
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
“Maybe, thought Ben, we are all cabinets of wonders.”

I’ve been wanting to read this beauty of a book for ages now, so when I saw it on the shelves of my library, I was beyond ecstatic.

Wonderstruck jumps back and forth between the lives of Ben and Rose, who live fifty years apart from each other. It follows how both of them miss someone important and quite mysterious in their lives. Ben longs of finding and meeting the father he never met, while Rose is more focused on following a certain famous
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers open to something different
Recommended to Werner by: My Goodreads friend Jackie
This book wasn't on my radar until my Goodreads friend Jackie kindly offered to gift me with her copy, which she'd read and didn't want to keep; and I owe her a big "thank you!" Although I picked it up to read a few days ago primarily because I wanted a quick read (and I'd determined earlier, in thumbing through it a bit, that much of its daunting thickness was taken up by pictures), it proved to be a reading experience of unexpected depth and emotional power. (And, yes, wonder!)

We have an earli
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Brian Selznick and illustrated children's fiction
Shelves: lib-read
Despite Wonderstruck's 630 pages, I read it within the span of three hours. Granted, over 460 of those pages are illustrations, but I still believe this fact attests to Wonderstruck's ability to keep its reader engaged and entertained.

Wonderstruck is two stories in one: it is Ben's story, and it is Rose's story. With the former's being told in words, and the latter's being told in illustrations, this textile tale takes two youngsters, a book, a turtle, a bookstore, a museum, and several supporti
I have only just come across this author/ illustrator, and this book was really impressive, the illustrations and story were equally good and I think this is something that rarely happens. The story is very unique, one part told by text and one by drawings. When the book started switching between the two, it made me feel as though the story told by the drawings was a silent movie, as I read on this became more relevant.

I liked the way the story deals with a parent who has died, but still feels
Lisa Vegan
Wonderful! Fabulous! So special! Very clever!

I liked this book even better than The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and that’s saying a lot. it’s even more emotionally touching than that first book.

Ben. Rose. Jamie. Etc. All of them touched me.

For not the first time I am tempted to create a new-york or nyc shelf.

I read this book in one day. Rose’s story told via pictures and Ben’s told via text were both mesmerizing.

I have memories of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, which is mentioned/”shown” in this
Merphy Napier
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was tough to rate. I couldn't decide between four stars or five!

I loved this story and think it's an extremely important middle grade novel. We have a protagonist who was born deaf, and one who lost his hearing later in life. This is something that isn't shown in literature enough and the fact that it's done so well in a middle grade novel is so beautiful. The author even took the time to explain a little about the Deaf community in his author's note which I appreciated so much! It deal
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-loved
Such a beautiful book.
I read it as slowly as I could, but I have finally finished it. The use of illustrations and text were so wonderful and made for a unique reading experience.

I'm sad to have finished it and will be reading more by Brian Selznick, as this was absolutely amazing.
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kirkus
Wonderstruck is over 600 pages long and I read it in one sitting. Yeah, this book is 75% illustrations, but still it's no small fit for a children's book to keep my attention like that.

Brian Selznick intertwines two stories together in his Novel in Words and Pictures. 12-year old Ben lives in 1977 Minnesota and mourns the death of his mother. 50 years earlier a girl flees her New Jersey home and goes to New York. Ben's story is told entirely in words, and Rose's - in pictures.

Of course we know
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of those moments when I finish a book, look at the blank screen of my goodreads review section, and feel lost for words! So I shall write about my loss for words!

Ever since I was little, I preferred to look at pictures over reading words. My artistic imagination was ablaze whenever I saw any kind of book illustration!
Let's go back in time to when I was maybe 9 years old. I was in the library trying to pick out a book in the children's section. I was always being encouraged by my pa
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure why it took me so long to pick this up since I enjoyed The Invention of Hugo Cabret so much. I think I still liked that one better, but I love how these two stories set 50 years apart develop together and weave together. Brian Selznick is truly an awesome author and storyteller. ...more
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hype. What’s the point? A publisher believes that a book is going to be big so they crank up the old hype machine and do everything in their power to draw attention to it long before its publication date. That’s what they did for Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck and I was sad to see it. As far as I was concerned, Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret was too tough an act to follow. Here you had a book that managed to get hundreds of librarians across the nation of America to redefine in their own ...more
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it

My stepson's contemporary ballet company is touring a show with a full act called “Stardust” set to David Bowie music. In the days leading up to the New Orleans performance my husband’s youngest granddaughter (a 5th-grader) mentioned to me a book she was reading that quoted a Bowie song. The song was “Space Oddity” and I could tell she was trying to figure out if it was pertinent to the ballet we would soon see. (It most certainly was.) Because of this coincidence, I checked out the book for
Nov 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I definitely missed the boat somehow on this book. Rather than feeling smarter than all my friends who rated this four or five stars (they all did)--which is what bad or mediocre reviews of well-loved books sometimes sound like--I feel dumber, because I sense that there must be something I'm missing.

I read the first third of the book in one gulp and remember being fascinated. Several weeks went by before I was able to get back to it. That might have had something to do with it, or maybe I was ju
Whitney Atkinson
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm such a huge fan of Brian Selznick because he's a master at constructing stories. And not only that, but stories that intersect art and prose BEAUTIFULLY. This was no exception. I love that this book focuses on two separate stories and timelines, but they find relevancy to the other in the end. It was absolutely fascinating and I read 300 pages of this in one sitting because it just flies by. I found the focus on deaf characters especially heightened the importance of telling one of these sto ...more
"Maybe, thought Ben, we are all cabinets of wonders."

A life-giving, hope-giving masterpiece. In the vein of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck is a novel articulated both pictorially and linguistically. This book traverses a vast multitude of themes, ranging from loss, to temporality, memory, disability, and of course friendship (as all the best middle grade novels do!).

I love stories with multiple points of view and was so enamored by the inventiveness of this particular novel, which ambitiously details
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely stunning. I adored it right from page one and I've had it on my wishlist for years before I finally got it given to me at Christmas time. I am so, so happy I made time to finally read and enjoy it this week becuase it is truly something magical (although it's technically got no 'real' magic). This book is unique for the way it is told and the story it tells which really resonated with me and touched me in many ways.

First off, let's talk about the format of this book. This
Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
I opened this book with an almost giddy feeling of anticipation, knowing I'd love it but not knowing quite what to expect. It's more fun if you don't know too much, so I'll try to share my excitement without revealing plot details.

Wonderstruck weaves together two stories. One is told with words, the other with masterful drawings. Ben Wilson and Rose Kincaid are separated by 50 years, but they have some things in common. Both are longing for a missing parent. Both have lost their hearing. They'r
"Ben remembered reading about curators in 'Wonderstruck', and thought about what it meant to curate your own life... What would it be like to pick and choose the objects and stories that would go into your own cabinet [of wonders]? How would been curate *his* own life? And then, thinking about his museum box, and his house, and his books, and the secret room, he realized he'd already begun doing it. Maybe, thought Ben, we are all cabinets of wonders."

And this book is a wonder! It's "the whole pa
Colleen Fauchelle
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
I read this in 3 hours on the 25 April and loved it. It's comming out at the movies and wanted to read the book first. It has been sitting on my book shelf for quite some time, as a lot of my book have because I buy so many.
I am a bit odd because I like reading the Acknowledgments in the back of the books, I like to see who they thank and what they say. In this book the Author goes into how he came about writting/drawing this story and all the research he did before hand. So he knows what he is
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Is it possible to give more than five stars?'s been a long time since a book had such an emotional impact on me. I am wonderstruck. ...more
Dec 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Weighing in at around 630 pages, Wonderstruck is not particularly a commute-friendly book. However, as a large part of the story is told through illustrations, it’s also a book that can be read quickly – fortunately for me, as there was simply no way I could carry this around as per my usual reading habits.

Wonderstruck tells two intersecting stories, beginning decades apart. Ben and Rose are two characters who understand what is it like to miss something, and to feel alone. It’s this sense of y
Although there were too many coincidences, I thought this book was amazing. I want to read it again and look for the allusions to Konigsburg that Selznick mentions in his author's notes. ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imogen Kathleen
Sep 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
A touching and beautifully-illustrated children's story.
It's rare that I read middle grade / children's books, but I had heard so many good things about this one that I had to check it out. With a lovely plot and so much care having obviously been put into every page of the tale, it's hard not to enjoy this book.
I do wish that I had read this when I was much younger, but it's definitely a cute and cozy autumn read that anyone can enjoy.
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Hello there. My name is Brian Selznick and I’m the author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I was born in 1966 in New Jersey. I have a sister who is a teacher, a brother who is a brain surgeon, and five nephews and one niece. I studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and after I graduated from college I worked at Eeyore’s Books for Children in New York City. I learned all about ...more

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