Wonderstruck, Hardback Book
4.5 out of 5 (134 ratings)


Ben's story takes place in 1977 and is told in words.

Rose's story in 1927 is told entirely in pictures. Ever since his mother died, Ben feels lost. At home with her father, Rose feels alone. When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mother's room, and when a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose, both children risk everything to find what's missing. Rich, complex, affecting and beautiful, WONDERSTRUCK is a staggering achievement from a uniquely gifted artist.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic US
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  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9780545027892

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A marvelous follow-up to HUGO CABRET. Selznick once again spins his stories using wonderful drawings and involving text. And the novel has such heart. I was so involved in the story that I stayed up until 1 a.m. finishing it. And then I had to check out the websites of the places he uses as background for his tale. I was fortunate enough to have an advanced reading copy of the book given to me by my boss at the independent bookstore where I work. I hope our other booksellers enjoy it as much as I did. Adult readers, don't pass this one up when it's released this September. Yes, you're allowed to read a kids' book now and then.

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This is the story of two runaway children, fifty years apart, and how their lives intersect. In 1977 Minnesota, Ben's mother has died and now, deaf after an accident, he runs away to New York City to try to locate his unknown father. His story is told in the text portions of the book. In 1927 New Jersey, Rose has been deaf since early childhood. She runs away to New York City to see her absentee mother, a famous actress. Her story is told in beautiful detailed drawings interspersed throughout Ben's story. After the two meet, the drawings and story feature both of them, and the museums which mean so much to them.

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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick is one of the really hot, much-discussed releases of the fall (release date 9/13/2011). Selznick pioneered a new format with The Invention of Hugo Cabret a few years ago, and Wonderstruck is in the same style -- text interspersed with full-page black and white illustrations. In Hugo Cabret, Selznick told one story . . . in Wonderstruck, he tells two.First of all, there is the story of Ben, who lives with his aunt and uncle in Gunflint, Michigan, since his mother's recent death. Ben has always wondered about his father, but his mother never talked about him. Upon discovering a few key items in his mother's possessions, Ben takes hold of an opportunity to go on a voyage of discovery, which brings him to New York City and the American Museum of Natural History.Fifty years before Ben's story, however, is the story of Rose, a deaf girl who lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, but longs for the big city just across the river. She also seizes the chance for an adventure, and her story parallels Ben's in many ways -- and, inevitably, despite those fifty years in between, the two stories come together.Readers who loved Hugo Cabret will welcome Wonderstruck with open arms, as Selznick displays a rare talent for both writing and illustration.

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Brian Selznick’s follow up to the incredible The Invention of Hugo Cabret is equally as incredible. The man has talent, that’s for sure. Wonderstruck is two stories about escaping your surroundings that ultimately converge. Ben lives in Gunflint, Minnesota in 1977. His mother recently died in an accident and he is living with his aunt and uncle in a house across the clearing from where he grew up. He loves collecting things and is infatuated with museums. At night he dreams of wolves. One night in his mother’s room in his old house, he finds a book, Wonderstruck, all about museums. The inscription says “For Danny, Love M”. There is a bookmark from a bookstore in New York City. The book and inscription conjure up images of the father Ben never knew and he journeys to New York in search of his father.Rose is a lonely deaf child, living in Hoboken, NJ, overlooking the Hudson River, in 1927. Across the river she sees the skyline of Manhattan and she longs to be there. She makes buildings out of paper (including the pages of her text book about lip reading) and lines her room with them, yearning for the day she will walk among them. How these two stories, taking place 50 years apart, converge is one of the wonders of Wonderstruck. There are more, such as the fact that Ben’s story is primarily written while Rose’s story is presented entirely in illustrations. As a matter of fact, you don’t know what Ben looks like until the end. Selznick captures the spirit and grandeur and excitement of Manhattan in both time periods. Both Ben and Rose are commanding characters and you will care about both of them. Listen, I could go on and on about the wonders of the story and the magnificence of the artwork, but that would delay you from getting your hands on a copy of Wonderstruck and reading it yourself. So, I’ll close by saying Brian Selznick never fails to satisfy his readers and Wonderstruck is a perfect example.

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An absolutely beautiful story...actually two stories. One told in pictures and one in words both stories become intertwined for a realistic and satisfying ending.

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