Five years ago I fell in love with Wonder. As I read, I thought of people I would recommend it to...like my student Michelle and so many other students, teachers, librarians, and principals I worked with, friends and family. Everyone needed to read this book and I love that so many people still read it.
And now...it's a movie! Peanut and I were able to go to an advance screening of Wonder the movie last night and it was awesome. They did such a great job. It was very true to the movie with some changes of course. I was crying right from the beginning but as much as I cried throughout, I also laughed. There were so many moments when Peanut and I were cracking up. I'm sure kids and adults will love this movie just as much as we did. We definitely recommend you go and see it on November 17th!
I have a little bonus information to share! I'd never been to an advance screening before and it just so happened that we didn't just get to see the movie early but after the movie Daveed Diggs who plays Mr. Brown, Auggie's teacher in the movie, was there to answer questions. Peanut and I have been listening to Hamilton together so it was cool to know Daveed from the original Hamilton cast but also from Wonder.
Peanut asked Daveed what was his favorite children's book when he was young and he said, The Velveteen Rabbit, Goodnight Moon and Where The Wild Things Are.
But then he said he still likes to read children's books and said he really likes the Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! books! We got a kick out of that. I mean, how cool is it that Daveed Diggs reads the Pigeon books!?
And my final tidbit to share is that RJ Palacio, the author of Wonder is in the movie! We spotted her at the end, cheering at the assembly. (I hope that's not a spoiler for anyone...I think it's vague enough.) She looks just like she does in the pictures I shared in this post so be sure to see what she looks like before you watch the movie so you can spot her!
I'd love to give a huge thank you to Walden Pond Press for the opportunity to attend an advance screening of Wonder the movie! It was a night that neither of us will forget!
When you see the movie, I'd love to hear your thoughts!!!