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Ben and Rose secretly wish for better lives. Ben longs for his unknown father. Rose scrapbooks a famous silent actress. When Ben finds clues and Rose reads enticing news, the children independently run to New York for what they are missing. Ben's story in words, Rose's in pictures, come together in deafness.
I've always wished I could draw. I mean really draw... pictures like those big, beautiful masterpieces that hang in museums. Unfortunately, my artistic ability is limited to stick figures and paint splatters. I don't have the patience to sit still and focus on the teeny-tiny details of a picture. It sounds head-ache inducing and stressful. I have accepted the fact that I am no aspiring da Vinci. But, because of my own patheticness with oil pastels and watercolors, I am always in complete, genuine awe at people who can actually draw.
I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret when I was very young. I remember flipping through the gorgeous, pencil sketches, soaking up the amazing story. And when the movie came out, I fell in love all over again! (Hugo is one of my favorite movies, btw) When I learned that the same author wrote another book, I got very excited and bought it without hesitation (it usually takes me hours to choose a book to purchase).
I'm going to be completely honest, I read it in a day. Despite its intimidating size I'm sure anyone could easily fly through this book.
Two stories are told throughout this book, one told in words, and the other in pictures. As you flip the pages you watch the two weave together towards the end, tangling into one. It was a cute, heartwarming book, much different from Hugo, but still never ceasing to be charming. And the pictures were the icing on this yummy cake.
The drawings are what make Brian Selznick's books so special. I half wished I could rip out every page and decorate my room with them. (jk, I would never even think of ripping up a book as gorgeous as this one) It's a grown-up picture book, how cool is that! No matter how old you are I know you will enjoy reading this book.