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.
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 "
In addition to "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner "The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins," and "The New York Times" Best Illustrated "Walt Whitman: Words for America," both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner "When Marian Sang," by Pam Munoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn t traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York."