Ranks as one of the most listened to in our household, adults and children.
Augie, for sure. He's honest, resilient and funny.
Too many to name. Some scenes are painful but the characters and readers make the story very listenable. The hero of this story is just so darn human and like able.
Probably something from the great quotes they use to begin each section.
Have listened to this story multiple times and will many more.
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This is a very positive story with heart and love and friendship, family and community, fear and courage, hugs and kisses, dogs, and an uplifting ending. It is heartwarming, yet ultimately quite hollow. Stories that deeply move people, and make a real difference, must possess balance, with realistic fear or pain or loss to make the positive aspects truly powerful. This is a written for a young audience, but that does not justify saccharin. Kids can appreciate, and actually need, this balance.
There was one brief interlude by the character Miranda that borders on some realistic balance. I wish the rest of the book had the real heart glimpsed in these few pages.
I had hoped this would be a powerful, moving, and transformative story; instead it is a simplistic positive story.
This is a must read book for all ages. Expertly written, beautifully performed, insightful journey into all the reactions to disfigurement. Can't rate it highly enough.
Forewarning, this review is a spoiler for the overall story (but I don't think it is too much of a spoiler, you can pretty much tell from the publisher's description). "Wonder" is another story of a special needs kid who has a super-talent. This child is extremely smart, strong willed, a good debater, and basically charms his entire school. What is does for special needs kids is pretty much like what "Rainman" did for autism; it increased awareness and maybe some degree of acceptance, but plants this seed that there is always an upside. Most of the time there just isn't. And that isn't a bad thing, it's just realistic. Not all of us have a super-talent, or at least not one that gets recognition. Sometimes there is no cure, no super-power or super-talent for that storybook ending. To enjoy this book you have to want the Hollywood ending.
Probably a children's book, but we can all learn something about being kinder and more sympathetic.
bike to work guy
There is something to learn from everyone. Mr. Tushman gave us laughs and clarified the need for kindness. Augie and the friends he made are an inspiration