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Film vs. Book: “Wonder,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” and “The Disaster Artist”

As we reach the end of 2017, there are several movies currently playing in theaters which are based on books that you can find in our library system.  But how do they compare to the original stories?

Wonder cover art

For those who have not read it yet, Wonder is about a boy named August (Auggie) Pullman, born with an unusual face that leads people to point and stare at him.  He’s been home schooled for most of his life due to the high number of surgeries that he’s needed to help him breath, eat, hear, etc.  But his mother decides that it’s time for him to start going to a private school, and the book follows his first year in fifth grade through his eyes and the eyes of other people in his life.

I thoroughly enjoyed the film version of Wonder and would highly recommend it to families and fans of the book!  Director Stephen Chbosky did a nice job of covering the different characters’ perspectives the way R.J. Palacio did in her novel.  The child actors portraying Auggie, Jack Will, Via, Julian, Summer, etc. all play their roles perfectly.  It’s a great movie for families to watch over the course of Winter Break.



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