Book Review: Wonderstruck

Book Review: WonderstruckWonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Published by Scholastic Press on September 13th 2011
Pages: 640

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. 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.

Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories--Ben's told in words, Rose's in pictures--weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful--with over 460 pages of original artwork--Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.

I've always been blown away by Selznick's beautiful artwork and way with storytelling, but even Wonderstruck exceeded the expectations that I had placed on it. I love that a story can be told through two characters in two different mediums, artwork and written word. I loved watching Rose's life unfold 50 years in the past, while reading about Ben's struggles in a modern era. It all pulls together at the end in a beautiful and special moment that makes me want to visit New York right now. 

I really loved the characters of this book and how they each struggled with not being able to hear, for very different reasons. The adventure within the book was captivating and something reminiscent of The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I would love to spend the night at a museum, it sounds so mysterious and wonderful. 

Final Verdict:

Selznick has yet to disappoint me and I will continue to look forward to his next project, whether it be a collaboration or his own work entirely. 

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