Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Half of this book is a story told in exquisitely detailed pencil drawings. It’s truly quite unique and will make this a book you’ll want to hold on to.

The character in the illustrations and the character in the written prose follow a similar journey, but you won’t find out how they are connected until the end of the book. I was reading this book with my 11-year-old and had to read ahead without her to find out how the story ended! Read more about our experience with Wonderstruck here.

Description

Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick’s #1 NY Times bestseller is now available in ebook form! Exquisitely produced, it offers a unique reading experience, you’ll want both the print and ebook editions!

Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey.

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.

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