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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
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Sep 19, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: a-classic, books-for-work, kid-s-books, picture-books

Brian Selznick strikes again with Wonderstruck another book filled with illustrations and text. A story of two people coming together to make their lives complete and whole. This time the story is of Rose and Ben who have lost their hearing and lack a connection to the outside world. The hearing world dominates and often determines what the deaf have access to. Rose is not allowed to live in NYC with her mom and is told to stay indoors as the outside world is dangerous for her. Ben's mother has died and dreams of being with a father she never spoke of take over his dreams. He finds a case in his mother's room that contain letters which indicate the father came from NYC. The stories of Rose and Ben begin in different. time periods and places. Rose is a girl in 1927 when she can enjoy silent films but witnesses the coming of sound which cuts her off from her film enjoyment. Ben is in 1977 with one good ear in which he enjoys the music of David Bowie until he injures his good ear. The two find solace in NYC and in the Museum of Natural History. A museum begun with artifacts like both had saved at home. The book is moving and can be read in one sitting. very moving and I'd recommend it to adults and children both.

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