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Author: Brian Selznick
Should you read this book? Yes!
You may think I’m a little bit too old to be reading children’s books for my own enjoyment. I decided to get this book, not to read to my son, but to read myself. Here’s why:
This is the story of two children living decades apart. Ben is a young boy living in Gunflint Lake, Minnesota in 1977. Rose is a young girl living in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1927. Both stories are connected by adventures that take both children to the American Museum of Natural History. Here’s the remarkable part: Ben’s story is told entirely through text, while Rose’s story in entirely told in illustrations! The stories are intertwined and both children make fantastic discoveries along the way.
The book is a whooping 600+ pages. That is right, you read correctly. But don’t let the size fool you. You can easily read this book in about 1 hour and a half. Take into accound, half of the story is illustrations! The book is beautifully structured and even though the narrative jumps from one kid’s story to the other, you’ll flow through the story quie easily and enjoy it 100%. I read it in one sitting as I could simply not put the book down. I totally wanted to know what was going to happen next.
One of the things I really liked about this book is how it takes to a place perhaps you don’t remember anymore as an adlt, a place where your imagination interprets what you read and creates images. The fact that you have illustrations somehow helps you connect the stories. It doesn’t take a genious to already theorize somewhere halfway through what the end is going to be. Nevertheless, it is a great read!
I cannot wait for my son to be old enough to read together! It is a good book to have in one’s collection!
Paola’s mood after reading this book: