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WONDERSTRUCK Book Trailer Transcript

Hi, I'm Brian Selznick and this is Wonderstruck.

Wonderstruck is about two kids who are trying to find the place where they belong in the world.

After I finished The Invention of Hugo Cabret, I wanted to try to take what I learned from making that book and make a new book.

And I started thinking about what else I could do to tell a story with pictures, and I thought it might be interesting to try to tell two different stories:

One story takes place in 1977 and it's all told with text, with words, like a regular book. The other story takes place 50 years earlier, 1927, and that entire story is told in pictures.

So these two stories weave back and forth until they come together at the end to create one single narrative.

I really love working with a great amount of detail. I love doing research. I love making sure that every inch of the drawing has a reason to exist.

It's a very immersive experience to be inside the time period, having done all this research.

One of the things I love most about writing and illustrating, is simply telling a story about characters that you care about and having it unfold in a surprising, interesting, hopefully exciting way. I write about things I love.

In Wonderstruck I write about museums, and I write about Deaf culture, and I write about New York in 1927, in 1977. I did as much research as I possibly could on all of those things, and I learned so much, and I loved so much of what it was I discovered.

And so, what I hope for the reader, is that when they read this book, when they open this book up and see the pictures and read the story and watch how they come together, that the love that I felt for all of these different elements and for these characters comes through for them.