Wonderstruck is here, Wonderstruck is here, Wonderstruck is here! Can you tell that I am leaping out of my chair in excitement over the arrival of Brian Selznick's new book Wonderstruck? As many of my students know, The Invention of Hugo Cabret is one of my all-time favorite books. Author/illustrator Brian Selznick literally created a new genre with that book because he blended pictures and words in a whole new way (he won the Caldecott Award for Hugo Cabret, despite the fact that it is 533 pages long!). With Wonderstruck, Selznick uses the same format - page upon page of exquisite black and white drawings, juxtaposed by narrative text. The illustrations tell one story, the words another; they seem to have nothing to do with one another until the amazing end, when the pieces come together miraculously.
I love this book. Do not be intimidated by the size (it is a very fat book)! Despite its 638 pages, it is a fast read (partly because once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down). You can learn more about this extraordinary book at the Wonderstruck website.
But for now, dear readers, I have a problem. I know that many of you will want to read this book right away. This is a problem I like to have, but I need your help in deciding who should get to read it first. Please post a comment convincing me that you should be our library's first Wonderstruck reader. Convince me that you are most worthy of this honor! I will choose someone by the end of the week.