Selznick expertly weaves together two stories, one told in pictures and the other in words. Ben’s textual story begins in 1977 in Minnesota. An orphan living with his relatives, Ben collects interesting objects in a special box and dreams of wolves. Rose lives in New Jersey in 1927. She collects articles about actress Lillian Mayhew and crafts paper buildings. Lillian is deaf and takes joy in silent films. Ben is deaf in one ear and teased by his cousin. Like Rose and Ben, readers are pulled into a purely visual world, a story created exclusively through written and drawn imagery.
Author: Brian Selznick
Publisher: Scholastic Press