A Novel in Words and Pictures

Book - 2011/09/13
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Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story istold in words; Rose's in pictures.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2011/09/13
ISBN: 9780545027892
Branch Call Number: J FICTION SELZNICK
Characteristics: 637


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pthode Feb 24, 2017

Brian Selznick has created a beautiful story with words and pictures.

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Aug 27, 2017

Saw the trailer for this movie which is coming out this fall, and decided I wanted to read the book before the movie released. The connection of 2 deaf children from different time periods appealed to me. I have not read many comic books or graphic novels in my lifetime, as I prefer words to pictures, so wasn't sure how I would like this format of pictures and text mixed together. But I did enjoy the story and the pictures were easy to follow. Although it's a whopping 600 pages, it goes by quickly and I was able to finish it in 2 days. Cute book that adults can also enjoy.

May 22, 2017

A charming, sweet story.

JCLTamiT Jan 24, 2017

Another great book by Selznick. I love the way he tells stories with pictures, and how the two stories parallel and intertwine.

Sep 23, 2016

Ben wishes he knew his absent father. Rose dreams about an actress she only knows from afar. Ben finds a clue to his past while Rose finds a newspaper with a stirring headline. Both of them embark on solo adventures to seek what they most want to find. Ben's story is told in words and set in 1977. Rose's story is set fifty years earlier and told entirely in pictures. The storyline flows back and forth, time, words and images swirling towards an astonishing conclusion to the their linked mysteries.

Aug 27, 2016

Very cool. Especially part 2. You should read it!

Jul 20, 2016

"Wonderstruck is an inspiring tale which may begin confusing and complex to the reader but when things are cleared up by the end you’ll want to read the whole book again. Just like his other work Brian Selznick continues to impress us with the way he conveys his stories, this book also has illustrations between chapters but don’t be mistaken this most certainly is not just another The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This time around Selznick’s writing and illustration do not tell the same story in fact we follow two different stories of two different people during the same time. The story itself revolves around a boy and a girl both hearing impaired and how each of their life journeys mysteriously end up intersecting to create harmony of words and images. If you enjoyed reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret I assure you that you’ll enjoy Wonderstruck aswell." - @magicsoup of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

"Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick is truly an amazing book. The book is told from two different perspectives and settings. One is about a girl named Rose who lives in the 1920s and one about a boy named Ben who lives in the 1970s. Rose’s story is told in illustrations and Ben’s story is told in words. Together, they make a really engaging story that you will never forget. Even though Wonderstruck is 640 pages, it only takes a few hours to complete. The illustrations in the book engages the reader more than a regular book with just words. I remember reading this book in grade 5 when I was 10/11 and I really enjoyed it. Not only was it a good book, but It was one of the books that made me love reading. I was unsure about reading Wonderstruck because it looked so thick. In the end, it was great and it made me want to read other books of Brian Selznick such as The Invention of Hugo Cabret. After finishing Wonderstruck, the ending made me feel happy because everything worked out in the end. The way the two point of views merged was well planned an well written. Overall, this book was really fun and easy to read (mostly because 75% of it was pictures). After reading, I was Wonderstruck. " - @ShayReads of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 22, 2016

First-time Selznick readers should never be put off by how thick his books are - each one is approximately half words and half beautifully rendered graphite drawings that contribute to the tale...or in this book's case, tell one side of it entirely. Such a wonderful novel - engaging, lovely, delightful. I loved how the two story lines interwove towards the end. Highly recommend.

PimaLib_SarahB Oct 05, 2015

I loved this book! How could I not? I grew up both in NYC and in NJ and became quite familiar with the wonders offered at the Museum of Natural History at a young age. I also discovered a love of wolves as a teenager. This story combined these loves in a unique style – telling two stories in pictures and text. I highly recommend it for children of all ages.

Aug 11, 2015

This story is very well told and makes you believe in the unbelievable. A great story with fun characters.

Aug 04, 2015

wow that sounds interesting PLACING A HOLD!!

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Jul 02, 2014

This book tells about two people that are deaf and about there story it was very hard.

Jun 13, 2014

One story told through pictures and the other through words. Selznick weaves the stories of Rose and Ben together beautifully. Ben, who is deaf in one ear, loses his mother and has to live with his aunt and uncle. Rose is also deaf and dreams of becoming an actress. Ben and Rose leave their homes in hope of finding what is missing in their lives.

ZanathShadow14 Jun 04, 2014

Ben and Rose are two very different children who have two things in common - they are both deaf and they both live with people who don't seem to understand them. Thought his might not seem to be much, these things are going to set them both on amazing adventures that will, in the end, leave them both - Wonderstruck.
Written with the same combination of engaging writing and beautifully rendered pencil drawings that captivated readers in The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck takes you on a spectacular adventure that will leave you wanting more!


Ben: Gunflint Lake, Minnesota, June 1977. Rose: Hoboken, New Jersey, October 1927. Ben’s Story – written: Newly orphaned when his mother dies, Ben comes to believe that he has a father, hitherto unknown, living in New York City. When an accident involving a telephone and a bolt of lightning renders him deaf, he sets out for the big city in search of clues to who his father really is. Rose’s Story – seen almost solely in pictures: A seeming prisoner in her own home, Rose too sets out for New York City to see the actress Lillian Mayhew for reasons of her own. The two children both end up in The American Museum of Natural History and both discover something there that will help to give them what they need to solve their own problems. And in that discovery, they will find one another.


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Aug 04, 2014

“Maybe, thought Ben, we are all cabinets of wonders.”


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