Wonder Movie: Yup, It’s Wonderful

November 19th, 2017 by

wonder-movie-posterOkay, I’m going to keep this short because lately Kidsmomo has been all Wonder, all of the time. First, I posted the movie trailer. Then, I posted some clips. Now, it’s time for the verdict:

This movie is great — dare I say, even wonderful! Although Auggie’s physical appearance in the movie is not nearly as pronounced as described in the book, that really doesn’t matter. That was a big concern of mine beforehand, but as you watch the movie you still see the reactions of everyone around him and you still experience his pain at feeling like an outsider.

But even more than that, the movie does a really good job at showing how the people in Auggie’s world are affected, especially his parents and his older sister (Via). Even though she has chapters dedicated to her in the book, via-photoI didn’t expect Via’s storyline to be so prominent in the film, and I’m really glad that we get so much time to see things from her perspective.

Usually, Kidsmomo gives out smiley faces to the movies that we like. In this case, I think Wonder deserves both a smiley face and a sobbing face — because boy did I cry a bunch during this movie. Thank goodness I planned ahead and brought tissues!

So I give Wonder a 🙂 and a 😭 — but what about you? If you’ve seen the movie, leave a comment with your thoughts!

— Karen

Now that she’s seen Wonder, Karen is looking ahead to the movie adaptations of Wonderstruck and A Wrinkle in Time. They look sooooooo good! 😍

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Wonder Movie: In Theaters This Friday!

November 16th, 2017 by

OMG OMG OMG, it’s almost time! The Wonder movie comes out this Friday! And I’m going to see it on opening night! Yes yes yes yes! YES!

Anyone else planning to see the film? I assume the answer is, well, YES — assuming you’re a fan of the original book by R.J Palacio.

As I said when the trailer was released, I’m a little skeptical about the way Auggie is portrayed in the movie — and that in turn makes me wonder if they’re going to make a lot of changes from the book. But despite my concerns, I’m looking forward to seeing the movie. And let’s face it, I loved the book so much that as long as the film gets the main parts right, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. I’m already pretty psyched, based on these clips:

Are you as excited about the new Wonder movie as I am? Leave a comment about what you expect it to be like!

— Karen

To be honest, Karen cried at that first clip. So please wish the best of luck to the people who are planning to watch this movie with Karen. They’ll need it. Plus, lots of tissues. And maybe hearing aids so they can make out the movie audio over Karen’s loud weeping.

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Books to Big Screen: Wonder Movie Trailer

May 30th, 2017 by

wonder-posterHere are my two favorite things in life: children’s books and food. So you probably won’t be surprised that when I attended a friend’s party recently, I spent a good amount of time stuffing my face and talking about the book I had just finished.

That book was Auggie and Me by R.J. Palacio, the companion to the critically acclaimed and totally beloved book Wonder.

Based on Wonder‘s popularity, you’ve probably heard of it. In fact, you’ve probably read it yourself! If not, I highly recommend it — and I’m not the only one: Check out these reviews from other young readers.

So, if you’re a fan of Wonder, then you probably already knew that a movie adaptation is in the works. And that’s what we were taking about at the party — which actors are in it, when it’s coming out, and how Auggie might be portrayed.

Well, now the first trailer is finally out! Watch it below:

 

So, what do you think?

Some people at the party guessed that the movie will start with Auggie wearing his space helmet, so that there is a more dramatic reveal later. If the trailer is any indication, the full movie may indeed take that approach.

Other people guessed that a good portion of the movie might be shot from Auggie’s point of view. The trailer does not support that theory, but who knows what isn’t shown here?

My personal opinion is that Auggie doesn’t look exactly as described in the book. But I tend to be a big stickler for faithfulness to the source material, and I always get annoyed when movie adaptations stray too far. So maybe it doesn’t matter that Auggie is not depicted in the movie precisely as he is described in the book — as long as the film gets the heart of the characters and the story right. And for that, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the final movie is like!

Are you planning to watch the movie? What do you think of the trailer? Leave a comment with your thoughts!

— Karen

Once a friend remarked to Karen, “I can’t believe how you always find people to talk with you about children’s books at parties.” Guess that’s what happens when you have narrow interests and a persistent demeanor!

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

January 2nd, 2016 by

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Submitted by Mishal, Age 11 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★★★

Wonder is a book about a 10-year old boy name August (Auggie) Pullman. He has a deformity and a cleft palate. He was previously homeschooled by his mother but he started grade 5 at Beecher Prep School with normal children. He meets a girl named Summer and a boy named Jack and he befriends them. He is bullied a lot because of his face and the only people who see him normally is his dog Daisy, his sister Olivia, and his parents. Whenever people see Auggie’s face they scream and run away or leave him mean notes. Then one day everything changes. People treat him differently and he becomes a popular kid of his school. There are different stories about Via, Justin, Jack, and Summer and then it goes back to August’s story. His life changes, when he goes to school. I recommend this book for all ages. It is a great book that will keep you entairtained. I rate it 5 stars.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

March 9th, 2015 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by Jasmine, Age 10 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

OMG,this book is totally a book I would recommend for everybody.There is absoulutely nothing wrong with this book. I am going to read it again and again until, well forever. All ages can read this book, and really get a feel of it. You will learn lots of valuable lessons about how it is the inside that counts. Not how you look on the outside. If you feel bad about yourself, this book shows you that you should not think that.It is a laugh out loud entertaining book, which everybody in the family will love 😉

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

December 15th, 2014 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by Joel, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Review 1

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to move from being home-schooled to going to school and not looking like a normal child. August has gone through many surgeries and he survived all of them. This book is filled with suspension and cliffhangers between chapters. In conclusion, this book is so good that you won’t be able to put the book down.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

April 3rd, 2014 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by Elaina, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

The main character is August, he was born with a face deformity. His eyes are where his cheeks are supposed to be, and his cheeks are imprinted into his face. August is given a big decision when his mom asks if he wants to go to school. Could you imagine if you went to the store and poeple stare at you and make a face like their discussed? I feel Really bad for August because people call him nasty names ALL the time. On halloween, August is wearing a mask and the boys dont know its him, August hears somethings he does not want to hear.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

March 28th, 2014 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by Verena, Age 10 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★½

The book wonder is written by R.J Palacio . the book is realistic fiction. wonder is an awesome book. This kid named August he has a disfigured face. And his mom and dad make him go to school but he doesn’t want to. On his first day he makes two friends. August likes school and doesn’t care about what people think. My favorite part of the book is when Jack Will , punched a kid for making fun of August . I think wonder is a great book i recommend this book to any one who likes comedy and sad books.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

December 29th, 2013 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by Justin, Age 10 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Fantastic book very meaningful and its very excellent i would recommend it to everyone it has comedy its a mixture of different books

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

December 13th, 2013 by

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewSubmitted by Sara, Age 12 from Texas

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is about a kid who was born with birth defects and is deformed. The boys name is August. After being homeschooled for his whole life he decided he’s ready to go to school and at school he meets a friend. You will have to read the book to find out the rest of the book.

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