Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick has 460 illustrations in it. One of the stories told within is Ben’s journey, a partially deaf boy in the 1970’s whose mother just died. The other story, told in pictures, follow Rose, a deaf girl in 1920’s New York who longs for something more than being at home with her father. Both take an opportunity to expand their worlds. Both succeed.
As with his previous award-winning novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck is simply beautifully to look at. Once again, though, I am underwhelmed. It’s very gorgeous, that can’t be argued. Story wise though I am left cold. Again it took a while to connect with the characters and, again, the ending was touching, but I am curious. Can Selznick hit any other notes besides this one?
If you are looking for a fast paced, stunning-to-look-at read these books are definitely for you. You can finish them over afternoon tea, or a long visit to the coffee shop.
4 out of 5 stars.
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