by Brian Selznick
Suggested Ages: 8+
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Description: Set fifty years apart, two independent stories—Ben's told in words and 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. Ever since his mom died, Ben feels lost. At home with her father, Rose feels alone. He is searching for someone, but he is not sure who.
She is searching for something, but she is not sure what. When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mom's room, When a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose. Both children risk everything to find what's missing.
Jake's Review: I didn't like this one as much as mom, but it was still pretty cool. I really like how it was told half in pictures and half in words. Mom said there is another book like this that I might like even better, something about Hugo Caberat & its also going to be a movie. Think I know what Mom is getting me for Christmas (mom's note: smart alec!). I didn't want to read it at first because it looked like it was a thousand pages long, but once I opened it up and saw all the pictures I was ok with it. It was an exciting story and a really big surprise in it. I liked his friend Jamie because he was a really good friend to a total stranger and it was cool how he took him around the museum. My favorite part in the picture story was where they were walking over the miniature city, thought that was something I would like to do. Mom cried while reading it, but I didn't -- girls cry all the time you know (mom's note: must beat this sexism out of him). I would have liked it even better if it had more colour pictures and less words.(Mom's note: he's a huge graphic novel fan, so anything that is not graphic, is going to not be as good in his opinion). I felt really bad at times for the characters because they were deaf and so many things must have been difficult for kids back then. Rose's mom was really mean, sorta like Mom when I wake her up to early (mom's note: very true, I cannot lie). I think a more geeky guy like my friend Ben would like this even better. I really like the cover too!
Jake's Rating: 7.5/10
Mom's Review: I am at a total loss for words for expressing how beautiful this book is, do yourself a favor and just pick up a copy, you will not be disappointed. Two stories told, one in pictures, the other in text and than they intersect together so beautifully. Wonderfully unique. The story is one of loss, yet at the same time of hope, understanding and forgiveness. I won't tell you how many times I teared up while reading and even while just gazing at the outstanding illustrations (works of art on their own). Some kids might struggle at figuring out the story done in pictures, but if they give it time, will be able to do it and fall in love with it. This is a must have for every school and public library and I will just come out and say it - it will win awards. Also just as an added bonus, the main characters mom is a cool Librarian, so that gives it an even higher rating in my opinion. The Acknowledgments and selected bibliography at the end are a nice added touch and will be helpful to kids wanting to learn more. This will be one that I will be purchasing for gifts and my copy will be added to the bookshelf -- only the very best are allowed in my limited book space now.
Mom's Rating: 10/10
We received this from Scholastic in Exchange for an Honest Review. Update: I also got a signed copy at the Scholastic Author and Illustrator Dinner that I will be blogging about later this week.
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