4th Grade and Up
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.
This book jumps between two perspectives. One from a girl named Rose who lives in the 1920s and a boy named Ben who lives in the 1970s. Rose’s story is in pictures and Ben’s story is in words. It’s confusing at the beginning, but once you get into the rhythm and get to the right point in the book you start to understand. You have to flip through the Rose’s drawing story a few times to really figure out what’s going on.
I got lucky and was able to finish this book in just three days. Not bad for a 630-page book. It helped that most of the book is illustrations. And the illustrations are amazing. I think Brain Selznick drew all of these pictures with a lead pencil. I’m sort of an artist too, but I could never draw anything like this.
I never thought about reading this book until I found out that it was being made into a movie. I found the movie trailer very confusing and I wanted to read the book to understand it.
After reading the book, this movie poster made sense. The movie was really great and stayed true to the book. You have to pay really close attention to all the detail because most of the movie in silent.
This weeks’ Weird but True Fact about Lightning
The odds of getting struck by lightning in your lifetime: 1 in 10,000.
Tune in next Saturday for another Brian Selznick