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Wonderstruck

By Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick (Illustrated by)

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Format: Hardback, 656 pages
Published In: USA, 14 September 2011

Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey.

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.

Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories--Ben's told in words, Rose's in pictures--weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful--with over 460 pages of original artwork--Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.

About the Author

Brian Selznick is the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the New York Times bestsellers The Invention of Hugo Cabret, adapted into Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning Hugo, Todd Haynes's Wonderstruck, and The Marvels. Among the celebrated picture books Selznick has illustrated are the Caldecott Honor Book The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, and the Sibert Honor Book When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan. His books appear in over 35 languages. He has also worked as a bookseller, a puppeteer, and a screenwriter. He divides his time between Brooklyn, New York and San Diego, California.

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Awards and Praise for Wonderstruck #1 New York Times Bestseller New York Times Notable Children's Book ALA Notable Children's Book Parents' Choice Gold Winner Publishers Weekly Best Book "Engrossing, intelligent, beautifully engineered and expertly told in word and image." -- The New York Times Book Review "Moving and ingenious . . ." -- The Wall Street Journal "Brian Selznick proves to be that rare creator capable of following one masterpiece--The Invention of Hugo Cabret--with another even more brilliantly executed." -- Washington Post "Another entrancing, exquisitely illustrated novel . . . Older kids and adults alike will be mesmerized by the interlocking stories. A verbal and visual marvel." -- Family Circle * "A gift for the eye, mind, and heart." -- Booklist, starred review * "Visually stunning, completely compelling."-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review * "Innovative . . . has the makings of a classic." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review * "A thing of wonder to behold . . . an emotional experience that neither the words nor the illustrations could achieve on their own."-- School Library Journal, starred review Awards and Praise for Wonderstruck #1 New York Times BestsellerNew York Times Notable Children's BookALA Notable Children's BookParents' Choice Gold WinnerPublishers Weekly Best Book "Engrossing, intelligent, beautifully engineered and expertly told in word and image." -- The New York Times Book Review"Moving and ingenious . . ." -- The Wall Street Journal"Brian Selznick proves to be that rare creator capable of following one masterpiece--The Invention of Hugo Cabret--with another even more brilliantly executed." -- Washington Post"Another entrancing, exquisitely illustrated novel . . . Older kids and adults alike will be mesmerized by the interlocking stories. A verbal and visual marvel." -- Family Circle* "A gift for the eye, mind, and heart." -- Booklist, starred review* "Visually stunning, completely compelling."-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Innovative . . . has the makings of a classic." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review* "A thing of wonder to behold . . . an emotional experience that neither the words nor the illustrations could achieve on their own."-- School Library Journal, starred review Awards and Praise for Wonderstruck #1 New York Times BestsellerNew York Times Notable Children's Book2012 Schneider Family Book Award WinnerALA Notable Children's BookParents' Choice Gold WinnerPublishers Weekly Best Book Engrossing, intelligent, beautifully engineered and expertly told in word and image. --The New York Times Book Review Moving and ingenious . . . --The Wall Street Journal Brian Selznick proves to be that rare creator capable of following one masterpiece--The Invention of Hugo Cabret--with another even more brilliantly executed. --Washington Post Another entrancing, exquisitely illustrated novel . . . Older kids and adults alike will be mesmerized by the interlocking stories. A verbal and visual marvel. --Family Circle * A gift for the eye, mind, and heart. --Booklist, starred review * Visually stunning, completely compelling. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review * Innovative . . . has the makings of a classic. --Publishers Weekly, starred review * A thing of wonder to behold . . . an emotional experience that neither the words nor the illustrations could achieve on their own. --School Library Journal, starred review" Select Praise for Wonderstruck * Selznick's story has the makings of a kid-pleasing classic Another illustrated novel that should cement his reputation as one of the most innovative storytellers at work today. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review * "The way that the stories of Ben and Rose echo one another, and then finally connect, is a thing of wonder to behold. -- School Library Journal, starred review * A gift for the eye, mind, and heart. -- Booklist, starred review * Visually stunning, completely compelling, Wonderstruck demonstrates a mastery and maturity that proves that, yes, lightning can strike twice. -- Kirkus, starred review Awards and Distinctions for The Invention of Hugo Cabret 2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal National Book Award Finalist #1 New York Times Bestseller USA Today Bestseller #1 BookSense Bestseller Select Praise for The Invention of Hugo Cabret: * "A true masterpiece." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review * "Fade to black and cue the applause!" -- Kirkus, starred review * "Complete genius." The Horn Book Magazine, starred review * "Breathtaking." -- School Library Journal, starred review * "It's wonderful. Take that overused word literally: Hugo Cabret evokes wonder." -- New York Times Book Review " Select Praise for "Wonderstruck " * Selznick's story has the makings of a kid-pleasing classic Another illustrated novel that should cement his reputation as one of the most innovative storytellers at work today. " -- Publishers Weekly," starred review * "The way that the stories of Ben and Rose echo one another, and then finally connect, is a thing of wonder to behold. --" School Library Journal," starred review * A gift for the eye, mind, and heart. -- "Booklist," starred review * Visually stunning, completely compelling, "Wonderstruck" demonstrates a mastery and maturity that proves that, yes, lightning can strike twice. -- "Kirkus," starred review Awards and Distinctions for "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" 2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal National Book Award Finalist #1 New York Times Bestseller USA Today Bestseller #1 BookSense Bestseller Select Praise for "The Invention of Hugo Cabret: " * "A true masterpiece." -- "Publishers Weekly," starred review * "Fade to black and cue the applause!" -- "Kirkus," starred review * "Complete genius." "The Horn Book Magazine," starred review * "Breathtaking." --" School Library Journal," starred review * "It's wonderful. Take that overused word literally: Hugo Cabret evokes wonder." "-- New York Times Book Review" " Awards and Praises for "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" (partial listing): 2008 Caldecott Medal winner National Book Award Finalist #1 New York Times Bestseller New York Times Best Illustrated Book Quill Award Winner Borders Original Voices Finalist Los Angeles Times Favorite Children's Book of the Year Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year A true masterpiece. "Publishers Weekly," starred review Evokes wonder . . . like a silent film on paper. "The New York Times" Visually stunning . . . raises the bar. "San Antonio Express-News" Shatters conventions. "School Library Journal," starred review Complete genius. "The Horn Book," starred review " Awards and Praises for The Invention of Hugo Cabret (partial listing): 2008 Caldecott Medal winnerNational Book Award Finalist#1 New York Times BestsellerNew York Times Best Illustrated BookQuill Award WinnerBorders Original Voices FinalistLos Angeles Times Favorite Children's Book of the YearPublishers Weekly Best Book of the Year"A true masterpiece."-"Publishers Weekly", starred review"Evokes wonder . . . like a silent film on paper."-"The New York Times""Visually stunning . . . raises the bar."-"San Antonio Express-News""Shatters conventions."-"School Library Journal", starred review"Complete genius."-"The Horn Book", starred review

EAN: 9780545027892
ISBN: 0545027896
Publisher: Scholastic US
Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.88 x 5.46 centimetres (1.27 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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The only problem with a Brian Selznick book is that once you reach the end you are desperate for more. The use of illustrations in Wonderstruck is a perfect way to weave two independent stories together until they finally meet at the end with a heart-wrenching twist. The illustrations are literature and the writing paints pictures to tell a comple and satisfying tale.

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