OMG! I’m breathless.
I would hate to over-sell this book to you, for fear that you will open this wonderful, magical, poignant book with expectations set too high and therefore feel disappointed.
From page one I was drawn into the two stories that gently unfold in Selznick’s book Wonderstruck.
One story is told with words and is set in 1977. The second story is set in 1927 and told entirely via Selznick’s trademark black and white line drawings.
The third story is the one that happens as the two stories begin to come together…in a heart-felt moment that reduced me to tears.
I’m not going to tell you any more because I want you to discover this masterpiece of storytelling for yourself.
But if you would like to hear Brian talk about his inspiration for Wonderstuck click here.
Wonderstruck is published by Scholastic and is due in stores on the 1st Oct in a beautiful hardback edition.
And if you haven’t seen the trailers for Hugo Cabret (Selznick’s first book) yet click here.
Ben and Rose secretly wish for better lives. 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 in symmetry.