I’m doing a crosspost here, this is also posted on the school blog. This book is so aptly named. It is a wondrously beautiful book. It is big, it is beautifully designed and it contains a really well crafted story, both in words and in pictures. Wonderstruck is one of those books which will appeal to lots of people for lots of different reasons. If you read books for a great story this book has one. If you love art, drawing and design, this book has loads to offer you. If you think books are things to be treasured then Wonderstruck is certainly one which people will want to treasure. It is a book to buy as a present, it is a book to own. But first you might want to borrow it from the library. The first book by Brian Selznick is a poor battered thing in our library because it has been so widely read over the years. There is a blog post about it here.
Wonderstruck is two stories, one told in pictures and one told with words. It is the story of a young girl living in New York who runs away from home, and it is also the story of a young boy 50 years later in a small lakeside town. You know that somehow the two stories will connect and when they do it is a moment of wonder.
Below is a video of the author, walking around inside the incredibly detailed drawings from the book. This author is truly one of the great authors for young people today and I hope lots of our students pick up the book and take it home and spend time in the world of Wonderstruck.