About the book
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.
These are the reasons why I read wonder….
- Grasshopper is reading this book.
- Grasshopper is not that much into books [yet! I’m working on it] and likes is very much
- I like Grasshopper very much. Soooo…
- I kinda like pretty much what he likes
- The movie is coming up soon.
- Children’s Book Week is coming up soon. Aaaaand…
- There was the cover. So simple huh? But for some reason I want to enlarge it and frame it. It must be because…
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I CAN’T EVEN!
It is really, virtually impossible to read this book and not fall helplessly in love with it and with August.
Take the first line of the blurb…
I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
OUCH! Give me a sec, I’m ripping a soul band-aid open.
Or take the opening paragraph…
“And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run”
OUCH. OUCH. OUCH. I’m stitching my heart and soul now.
Trying to write this review reminded me of a beloved book I use to read to my Spawns when they were toddlers: How do I love you Bb in this book someone tell a kids all the reason why they love them [this review is coming up soon as well].
Oh Wonder… How do I love you? Let me count the ways…
- I loved ALL THE VOICES. Wow R.J. hats off to you girl! I think it is hard to make a 10-year old voice sound authentic, let alone several voices. The book is written from August, his sister and his friends perspectives and it’s SO WELL DONE! No kidding, it was like hearing my 10-year old spawn Grasshopper talking.
- I loved August. Period. His honesty, courage, ALL OF HIM. I guess I’ll be adopting him as well. By the way, I can adopt as many characters as want so Lada and August and joining this family. I love how he was this little super sensitive radar perceiving the subtlest cues from people around him: sincerity, honesty, caring, but also disdain, fear and everything humans face when facing something different that they cannot understand.
- I loved August’s AWESOME family. His sister, his parents. So supportive and loving. I even loved the dog, Daisy.
- I loved that this book brought back so many memories of my own childhood and how anxious I used to get every time I had to start a new school.
- I loved how this book plants seeds of empathy and compassion in the hearts of us readers, regardless of age. We all need to learn to feel AND show much more compassion and empathy for our fellow human beings.
I read Wonder an afternoon when all after school activities and sports practices had been cancelled because of a snow storm. My Spawns and I were in my bed and they were sprawled as they usually do in a tangle of arms and legs all over me watching cartoons.
The was this part when August tells his mom how a kid had made rude questions about his face and then he reassures her HE IS FINE so she doesn’t get upset and I had this sudden need to hug and kiss Grasshopper remembering the times when he had been much braver than me. He was very annoyed with me of course, since he was trying to watch TV. LOL
I hope you read this book and meet August and fall in love with him like I did.
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