I never expected to be the chaperone crying on a third grade field trip, but there I was. I was home for some holiday and accompanied my sister’s school to see the movie Wonder at the movie theatre, and I cried like a baby. I ended up reading the book Wonder on a train tip back from DC (or maybe to DC) that New Year’s, and more recently, I read White Bird: A Wonder Story which is a beautifully done, once again tear-jerking graphic novel in the “wonder universe” about Julian’s grandmother surviving World War II. I’m just super impressed with the book, the movie, and the author, honestly.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
I love multi-POV books, so this book already had me sold on that, but this book was great. It’s about acceptance and love and growing up and family and the people around you, and it’s just super cute. My sister, who was in third grade at the time, said she loved it and they read it as a class (maybe as a school?) so color me impressed.
Now, onto the movie:
This movie was freaking great. It stars Jacob Tremblay, whose probably one of the most talented kid actors out there right now. His parents are played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, which somehow absolutely works here. Mandy Patankin was the principle, which I loved, and Daveed Diggs was one of his teachers, so there’s really an all-star cast here. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to be a better person and give out a lot of hugs. And what could be better than that?