Book Review: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick


I read this book for my Literature & Media for Children class. I am using it for the Treasure Hunt (a feeling), Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, 52 Books in 52 Weeks, and Book Club Friday.

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

My review for my class: I was drawn to this book because I really enjoyed The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The books were similar but in Wonderstruck there are two separate stories: one told only in text and one told only in illustrations. At the end of the book, the two stories come together and readers find out how they are related. It definitely met my expectations and is a quality children’s book. Children would enjoy reading this book on their own. There is nothing I didn’t like about the book!

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. I liked Hugo more; I think the story was just more heartwarming. But this was still a great book!

4 stars



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