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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Visit Brian Selznick's World

A city---an adventure---a new book!

Perhaps your family saw the film Hugo during the vacation and were wonderstruck. Prolong the wonder with Brian Selznick's new illustrated novel, Wonderstruck and explore the additional resources listed below to deepen your understanding and enjoyment.

Selznick's story takes you on a journey from the woods of Minnesota to the World’s Fair city panorama in Queens, NY and from the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan to the skyline seen from New Jersey. You will want to explore the sights with your own eyes after seeing them through Selznick’s--and you can!

The Panorama of the City of New York is amazing, and it's one of the real locations you can visit. Constructed for the 1964 World’s Fair, this architectural model includes every single building in all five boroughs, and it's still being updated! Walk up the ramp around this landmark and see if you can find your home. I found the Ethical Culture building and my apartment building.

Until January 15th, 2012, if you take a trip to the Queens Museum of Art where the panorama is found, you can see an exhibit of Selznick’s drawings and sketches for Wonderstruck. Additionally, the links below offer a virtual field-trip and other resources to add to your enjoyment of the book.

If you comment on any entry in our blog by the end of January, you will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of the book.

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Detail of Selznick's sketch of the Museum, from Wonderstruck, photographed 12/2011 by J. Still.

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