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Elizabeth Kennedy

Wonderstruck, A Remarkable Book

By October 15, 2013

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Cover art for Wonderstruck by 2008 Caldecott Medal Winner Brian SelznickWonderstruck, by Brian Selznick, who won a Randolph Caldecott Medal for picture book illustration for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is another remarkable book by the talented author and illustrator. Like Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck is "A Novel in Words and Pictures" for middle grade readers. What makes Wonderstruck unique is that it tells two stories, one set in 1977 and told in words only, and one set 50 years earlier, in 1927, and told exclusively in illustrations.

Brian Selznick won a 2012 Schneider Family Book Award in recognition of his "artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences" in his portrayal of each of the main characters in the two stories, a boy and a girl, both of whom are deaf. See my book review of Wonderstruck for more about the book, including why Selznick dedicated the book to Maurice Sendak, creator of the classic picture book Where the Wild Things Are.

Wonderstruck is 600+ pages long and includes more than 450 of Selznick's dense pencil illustrations. It's number 1 on my personal list of the Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2011. If you and/or your kids have read Wonderstruck, please click on "Comments" below and let me know what you thought of it.

(Cover art courtesy of Scholastic)

January 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm
(1) Carey says:

Can’t wait to read this. We loved Hugo, and my oldest daughter speaks highly of Wonderstruck. I think it will be perfect for my other daughter as well.

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