It’s no Wonder this book is on the big screen

In 2014, I posted about three books that had great messages. One of these books was Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Wonder is about a ten-year-old boy named Auggie Pullman who is about to attend public school for the first time. While this would be challenging for anyone, Auggie has an even more difficult time because he was born with a facial deformity. The book follows Auggie’s side of the story as well as his classmates, his older sister, and other people around him, showing the effects of the strange looks and bullying he encounters. Everyone learns something from Auggie. While the book is written for elementary students (grades 3-6), teens and adults will enjoy it just as much as a younger audience. This winter, the book’s popularity and it’s message to “choose kind” have catapulted Auggie and his story to the big screen.

I’m bringing all this up because I recently came across another great article called “The Power of Wonder.” In the article, Julia Roberts (who plays Auggie’s mom in the film), author R.J. Palacio, and director Stephen Chbosky (who also wrote a little book you might have heard of called The Perks of Being a Wallflower), discuss Wonder, how it impacted their lives, and the messages that stood out to them the most. I enjoyed hearing Julia talk about how she read the book to her three kids – complete with voices – and the awkward situation that lead to R.J. writing the book. If you have read Wonder, I highly recommend this short but sweet article, which can be found in the December issue of Good Housekeeping magazine or online here. If you haven’t read Wonder yet, be sure to pick this one up. I think it will become one of those great classics that we share with our kids like The Giver, Number the Stars, and Matilda.    

Anyone else out there want to share some love for Wonder?

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3 thoughts on “It’s no Wonder this book is on the big screen

  1. I read sections of Wonder while subbing at different Elementary schools. When I visited my niece and nephew and learned that they were reading it too, we had to go see the movie! I thought the movie had a great pace and strong characters. (I wish we would have gotten a bit more closure on the Via plot.) My nephew reported to multiple family members that I was visibly crying at the end of the movie.

    • We should have discussed this over Thanksgiving! I didn’t know you went to the movie. I was a little worried about having Owen Wilson as the dad – Owen Wilson just always seems to play Owen Wilson! Also, would this be a weird movie to go see just as an adult or should you have kids with you?

      • I think any adult could go and see the movie. Also, its long, but it didn’t feel too long. Owen Wilson sounded and looked like Owen Wilson, but I really liked the nuance of the character, and I identified with him way more than expected. I got the feeling maybe he was teased as a kid for looking funny. I never thought I would say this about a movie, but it may be best to bring a kleenex pocket pack. The film makers don’t try to make it emotional, they just tell a the story well.

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