Brian Selznick is THE DEAL. I’m not just talking out of my ass either, his books are AWESOME. While I am currently in the middle of reading The Invention Of Hugo Cabret, I thought I’d take the time to FINALLY review Wonderstruck. I mean, I read Wonderstruck back in September, but haven’t been sufficiently motivated enough to write a review.
Here’s the thing — I love it when books have pictures. I go ga ga over books where the pictures tell the story, like The Arrival by Shaun Tan. The pictures in Wonderstruck play a pivotal role in telling the story. Yet they don’t only serve a function, they are tactile experiences. By this I mean the illustrations are gorgeous and perfectly compliment the plot of Wonderstruck.
There are two separate story lines in Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. One follows a boy named Ben and starts in Minnesota in 1977. Ben is deaf in one ear. Reeling from his mother’s untimely death, Ben sneaks back home and finds a book with a mysterious inscription. The other story line follows a girl named Rose in 1927 New York City. Of significance or rather a moving bit of Rose’s storyline is when we see the transition from silent films to ‘talkies’ and it’s effect on Rose who is completely deaf. The two stories connect in a manner that surprised but delighted me all the same.
Brian Selznick is an author to watch, especially for the way he experiments with the storytelling form. In place of 1000 words, Selznick uses a picture. Frankly, I loved Wonderstruck. Plain and simple. And you guys, I really hope this season you allow yourself to experience Selznick’s story telling magic, because it is worth it.
Disclosure: Received for review at Book Expo America.