We’re All Wonders written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Summary:  Auggie, the protagonist of Palacio’s Wonder, narrates this book, explaining that he is different from other kids.  Even though he does ordinary things like ride a bike and eat ice cream, the way he looks sets him apart and sometimes makes him a target for cruelty.  His mom tells him he’s a wonder, and he’s sure his dog Daisy thinks that he is, too.  When life gets too difficult, Auggie and Daisy pretend to blast off into space and hang out with the aliens on Pluto.  He concludes by stating that if people could see differently, they would realize that he and everyone else in the world are all wonders.  The final illustration shows Auggie making a new friend.  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  A good introduction to the themes introduced in the longer book. Lots of appeal for younger audiences, particularly with the movie of Wonder coming out in the fall.

Cons:  Will R. J. Palacio eventually write a new story, or will she just have one hit, Wonder? (See what I did there?)

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