Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick


Written by Brian Selznick
Illustrated by Brian Selznick

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Beautifully produced, this is a fabulous addition to the best-selling The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Like its predecessor it is told equally through illustrations and words; Ben’s story is in words and the story from a previous time is told in the stunning and atmospheric pictures. In both, a child runs away and heads for New York. How their stories – one from the 1970s and one from 1923 – intertwine in a wonderful exploration of the city and the treasure troves that its museum holds is both exciting and moving.

The film 'Hugo', directed by Martin Scorsese, is based on Selznick’s Invention of Hugo Cabret and its release coincides with the release of Wonderstruck.

Click here to visit the Wonderstruck website.

You can also click here to read a letter from Brian Selznick explaining his inspiration for Wonderstruck - or to download a Discussion Guide, click on Readers Guide on the right hand of this page.


Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Press play below to see author Brian Selznick talk about the book in this video, which also contains artwork from Wonderstruck.

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.


‘Selznick follows his Caldecott-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret with another illustrated novel that should cement his reputation as one of the most innovative storytellers at work today.. Selznick masterfully uses pencil and paper like a camera, starting a sequence with a wide shot and zooming in on details on successive pages… Selznick's story has the makings of a classic.’ Starred review, Publishers Weekly

‘Opening Selznick’s new book is like opening a cabinet of wonders… Selznick offers another visual narrative that feels even better suited to his inventive style.. Wonderstruck is a gift for the eye, mind, and heart.’ Starred review, Booklist

About the Author

Brian Selznick

Caldecott Honour–winning illustrator and New York Times bestselling author Brian Selznick graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with the intention of becoming a set designer for the theatre. However, after spending three years selling books and designing window displays for a children’s bookstore in Manhattan, he was inspired to create children’s books of his own. His books have received many awards and distinctions, including a Caldecott Honour for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and a Robert F. Sibert Honour for When Marian Sang.

Brian lives in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.

Brian on creating his groundbreaking book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret which combines elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film: "Several years ago, I read a review of a book called Edison's Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life by Gaby Wood. The review mentioned the true story of a collection of elaborate mechanical windup figures (known as automata), which had once been owned and loved by a great French film director named George Méliès. These amazing machines were eventually donated by Méliès to a museum in Paris, but the collection was neglected in a damp attic and eventually had to be thrown away. I imagined a boy finding these broken, rusted machines, and thus Hugo and his story were born."

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656 pages


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Scholastic US

Publication date

14th September 2011




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