The story follows two different deaf children from two different time periods. One was born deaf and one became deaf after being struck by lightning. Rose's (the child born deaf) story was told in the pictures and Ben's story was told in words. It made it easy to tell who was talking and who wasn't, and I quite enjoyed it. I also thought how Brian Selznick intertwined their two stories was very clever. After reading it, you realize that it was kind of obvious from the beginning, but you don't realize that the first time through. It is a fantastic piece of writing....and drawing.
The drawings are what really put this book over the edge, at least in my opinion. Here's one example of a fantastic drawing from Wonderstruck:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The pictures in that novel are absolutely amazing as well. I wish that I could draw nearly as well as him. It takes a lot of practice to get that good, and I admire him for telling a story through these pictures. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is also being made into a movie, I saw a preview for it before the Harry Potter movie. It's called Hugo and it looks like a pretty good movie. At least from the preview...I thought that about Eragon and look how that movie turned out.
Well I guess that's all I have to say about Wonderstruck. What will I be reading next? Sidekicks by Jack D. Ferraiolo.