Monday, October 21, 2013

21: Middle Grade Monday - Wonderstruck

Brian Selznick has enamored me with his unique brand of graphic-novel hybrid.  I loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret, but then I discovered Wonderstruck and found it even more magnificent, perfect for the medium.  In Wonderstruck, Selznick tells two paralleling stories set fifty years apart, one told in pictures and one told in words.  The quests of Rose and Ben eventually converge in a way that will leave you smiling.

In Hugo, Selznick experimented with a new, fascinating way of storytelling, but in Wonderstruck he perfected the technique as the pictorial storytelling takes on true purpose.  Integral to the character herself, Selznick's 460 pages of amazing pencil drawings drew me into Rose's world in a way that words never could.  I won't give away the why -- that's part of the joy of discovery.

Click below to read Day 22
Anna & the French Kiss and 
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Or click below to read the series
from the beginning:

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