Scholastic Press, Hardcover, 9780545027892, 608pp.
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel" The Invention of Hugo Cabret," Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey.
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.
Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of the bestselling "The Invention of Hugo Cabret, " which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including "Frindle" and "Lunch Money" by Andrew Clements, as well as the "Doll People" trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and "The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins" by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.
Awards and Praises for The Invention of Hugo Cabret (partial listing):
2008 Caldecott Medal winner
National Book Award Finalist
#1 New York Times Bestseller
New York Times Best Illustrated Book
Quill Award Winner
Borders Original Voices Finalist
Los Angeles Times Favorite Children's Book of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A true masterpiece.”Publishers Weekly, starred review
Evokes wonder . . . like a silent film on paper.”The New York Times
Visually stunning . . . raises the bar.”San Antonio Express-News
Shatters conventions.”School Library Journal, starred review
Complete genius.”The Horn Book, starred review