The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Selznick's amazing black and white drawings tell of Rose, a deaf girl who loves silent films and wants to belong somewhere. Rose's life is interspersed with Ben's written narrative. Although his story is set fifty years later, the two have a lot in common. Ben is also deaf and trying to find his place in the world. Their two narratives are also similar, with the characters experiencing the same emotions at the same time.
I don't want to spoil the plot so instead I will marvel at the research that Selznick did to prepare for Wonderstruck. His study of diverse topics ranged from Minnesota to the American Museum of Natural History to Deaf culture. The details --both in the illustrations and the writing-- are what make Wonderstruck so satisfying. The more I read, the more I appreciate authors who respect their readers. Rather than churning out the same plot and characters, Selznick challenges the readers to expect more.