By Brian Selznick
Wonderstruck is an amazing book containing the threads of two stories:
one about a boy living in Minnesota in 1977 whose mother dies and leaves
him in the care of his aunt and uncle; and the other about a deaf girl
living across the river from New York City in 1927.
The boy's story is
told through text and the girl's story is told through illustrations.
Late in the book, the text and pictures start to weave together as the two
stories intertwine in surprising and poignant ways, underscoring the idea of
finding community and belonging in unexpected places.
Don't be scared off by
the book's length--it's still a fairly fast read, even at 629 pages. And, if the
author's name looks familiar, Brian Selznick is the author/illustrator of Caldecott winner,
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, on which the movie Hugo (coming Nov. 2011) is based.
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Brian Selznick - Author of Wonderstruck
Wonderstruck author Brian Selznick
grew up in New Jersey and went to design school in Rhode Island. He has illustrated
numerous books by other authors, and has written and illustrated several of his own stories.
His book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, won the Caldecott medal in 2008 and is being released
Nov. 2011 as a movie titled Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese. Brian splits his time living
on both coasts in San Diego and New York.
Ideas for Book Clubbers and Others!
Several NHBA blog posts feature ideas and activities for Wonderstruck which you can
use with your book club, even if that's just you and your kids!