Wonderstruck by Bryan Selznick [Review]

The Invention of Hugo Cabret blew me away when I read it back in 2008, so to say I was looking forward to this one, is an understatement. Of course there was a touch of nerves, in that could he do it a second time? Thankfully the reviews I did see, gave it a thumbs up! 🙂

Set fifty years apart, two independent stories—Ben’s told in words and 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.

Ever since his mom died, Ben feels lost.
At home with her father, Rose feels alone.

He is searching for someone, but he is not sure who.
She is searching for something, but she is not sure what.

When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mom’s room.
When a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose

Both children risk everything to find what’s missing.

— Publisher’s Blurb

I was off work last week, so I knew I could settle down and spend a goodly amount of time (not that despite its physical size it’s a long read) sinking in to the story properly with this one

And, by god, does he do it again.

Of course there isn’t the sheer joy of discovering Selznick’s unique form for the first time again, but he weaves such a wonderful and emotional story out of the text and artwork once again, with characters that pull at your heartstrings and that you only wish the best for, that it really doesn’t matter.

Even though his writing is fantastic, for me it’s the way he uses the art to tell us the story that really does it for me. So much detail is conveyed in a three or four page sequence of art, that the text sometimes feels like the ‘less’ detailed part of the story.

There’s plenty of ‘wonder’ on offer here, from the story of Ben and Roses’s lives, the exhibitions Ben sees at the museum, and Selznick’s skill it pulling it altogether once again.

An utter delight.


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6 thoughts on “Wonderstruck by Bryan Selznick [Review]

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  • November 25 at 1:32 pm

    My daughter and I loved this book! My daughter also read Hugo Cabret but I haven’t yet. We are looking forward to the movie.

  • October 22 at 2:57 pm

    I absolutely loved Wonderstruck and I’m so happy to hear that you did as well. I keep putting off reading Hugo Cabret but I know I must get to it soon! Thanks for the reminder.

  • October 22 at 11:50 am

    Yay, good to know it’s just as good as Hugo! I already have a copy of this, couldn’t resist when I saw it in the bookstore, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

  • October 20 at 11:28 pm

    I have had this one pop up on my radar after seeing other reviews for it. I need to read Hugo Cabret too!

  • October 20 at 10:17 pm

    Nice review. I was wondering (no pun intended) if this book would have both pictures and words like “Hugo’. Definitely going to check this one out1
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