Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

December 15th, 2014 by

Wonderstruck_Brian-Selznick_225Submitted by Justin C., Age 10 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★☆

WonderStruck was a book filled will excitement and mystery and with 2 storylines about 2 completely different people in different times. In the start there’s the girl named Rose and she’s deaf,
and it’s also about a boy named Ben he was half deaf. Ben wanted to find his family and Rose tried to escape her evil mom that forced her to practice sign language.In my opinion the book was filled with adventures, mysteries and misunderstanding.Will he ever find his family?

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

March 8th, 2014 by

Wonderstruck_Brian-Selznick_225Submitted by Elaina, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

Ben’s mother dies, he lives with his aunt and uncle. Ben goes back into his old house and tries to call his aunt but gets electricuted. he can not hear, he is now deaf. He also finds a book called “Wonder”. There is a name in the book that he thinks is his dad, the book also has the address. He goes to New york city to find his dad. Ben is alone in New york city until a boy finds him.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

January 14th, 2014 by

Wonderstruck_Brian-Selznick_225Submitted by Abby, Age 10 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Wonderstruck is an awesome realistic fiction book written by Brian Selznick. In this book a boy’s (Ben) mother dies in a car accident and he stays with his aunt and uncle. He makes a phone call and “bam” he is struck by lightning. He has to be transfered to a hospital because he is deaf. He runs away and travels to New York to find his dad. Who will he meet on his way and will he actually find his dad? Read to find out more.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

January 9th, 2014 by

hugo_cabretSubmitted by Elena, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★½

Hugo Cabret is a fiction novel in words and pictures by Brian Selznick. It is an amazing book about Hugo, a little boy, whose parents aren’t with him any more and he lives at the top of clock. Only to know the one thing he wants to fix is a toy man that can write. My favorite part is when he first fixes the man and he writes his new friends grandfather’s name.You will love this book if you are into fiction books and mysteries.

Wonderstruck By Brian Selznick

May 8th, 2013 by

Wonderstruck_Brian-Selznick_225Submitted by Michelle, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

WONDER STRUCK IS A REALISTIC FICTION BOOK THE BOOK IS ABOUT A BOY NAMED BEN AND HIS MOTHER DIES AND HIS UNCLE AND AUNT ARE ABOUT TO SELL HIS HOUSE. SO HE GOES AND HE RUNS AWAY TO NEW YORK AND HE TRIES TO FIND HIS FATHER .MY FAVEROIT PART IN THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING.YOU ARE ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT SO YOU DONT WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT. I WOULD RECAMEND THIS BOOK TO A PERSON THAT LIKES TO WON DER WHAT COULD HAPPEN AND LIKES TO BE SHOCKED.
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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

November 29th, 2012 by

Submitted by Cooper, Age 10 from Texas

Rating: ★★★★★

I like the book because the kid Ben is having a hard time because his mom dies. But he finds some one who knows him. Read the rest to find out.

Happy Birthday, Brian Selznick!

July 14th, 2012 by

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Photo from Selznick’s publisher’s website

If you were awestruck by Wonderstruck or intrigued by The Invention of Hugo Cabret, then now’s the time to celebrate the creative force behind those two beautiful books: author/illustrator Brian Selznick!

That’s right — today is his birthday! So throw confetti in the air! Bake a cake! Put on a party hat! Pin the tail on the donkey!

Or, you know, you could do something a little more low-key… Like maybe:

  • Watch the movie Hugo, based on Selznick’s book
  • Get the inside scoop on Hugo Cabret from Selznick himself, on his jam-packed website
  • Play games at the official sites for Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck (FYI, I contributed to those sites and still work for the publisher of the books, so I hope you like what you find there!)
  • Eat ice cream (okay, yes, sometimes I just use author birthdays as an excuse for ice cream — you caught me…)

Oh yeah, and I almost forgot — you can also celebrate by sending in YOUR review of one of Selnick’s books! Or just leave a comment and tell me your thoughts on Hugo, Wonderstruck, or anything else by the birthday boy!

— Karen

One of the greatest moments Karen has ever experienced on the subway = when a teen dude sitting next to her yelped upon seeing Wonderstruck in her hand, because Hugo Cabret is his favorite book. One of the few times Karen didn’t mind talking to a stranger on the train!

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Hugo Movie Review

December 2nd, 2011 by

hugo-movie-posterLike the station inspector chasing after Hugo, or Hugo and Isabelle seeking out the answer to a mystery, last week Nancy and Karen went in search of a magical movie experience… We saw Hugo, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick!

And did the movie deliver? To find out, you’ll just have to watch the video review below! You know, just like Hugo and Isabelle watching a film, or — oh, forget it, let’s just get to the review:

(PS – If you’re on the go — or busy winding the clocks at the local train station — don’t worry, you can still listen to our review. Just download the audio.)

Have you seen the new movie Hugo? Leave a comment with YOUR review! How do you think it compared to the book? And what do you think: do you need to know the book already in order to enjoy the film?

Brian Selznick Live! (WONDERSTRUCK Launch Party)

September 15th, 2011 by

This week I was lucky enough to go to a launch party for Brian Selznick’s new book Wonderstruck, which I raved about in our Fall Preview themed podcast.

The party was held at the NYC bookstore Books of Wonder, which got a bit of a makeover for the night and became Books of Wonderstruck!

Check out this awesome display in the window of the bookstore — if you don’t quite understand what’s there… well, I recommend picking up a copy of Wonderstruck. 🙂 After you finish reading this, of course.

The event itself was even more awe-inspiring than the window display! Brian Selznick did an audio/visual presentation, answered questions from the audience, and signed copies of his books. And the whole thing was interpreted by a professional American Sign Language interpreter, which was fitting because some of the characters in Wonderstruck are deaf.

Of course, all of this made me even more excited for Hugo, the upcoming film adaptation of Brian Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret!

Have you picked up (the very heavy) Wonderstruck yet? If so, send in a review to be featured on the Kidsmomo podcast or leave a comment!

— Nancy

Nancy was too busy watching the presentation to eat. Her mission next time she visits Books of Wonder is to get a snack from their cafe!

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Kidsmomo Podcast #53: “The Future Is Now”

August 23rd, 2011 by

Here’s what we’re looking forward to this autumn: colorful leaves, fall fashion, and the execution of all the “unwanted” people in the land.

Say what?!

Okay, that last bit is from an upcoming book. And we’ve got that, plus two others in our latest podcast: Fall Preview!
 

    Listen now: 

      (7:04)
    Download the MP3 (3.3 MB)

  • We do you guys a big favor
  • Our Fall Preview picks (The Unwanteds and Wonderstruck)
  • A book review from YOU (Island of the Blue Dolphins)
  • Golf? Gross!

Also, don’t forget: ’tis the season for a special month-long theme on More School Stories! So send us a review of any of our picks. (And don’t forget our School Story recs from last fall!)

— Karen and Nancy

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