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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Choose Kind With Wonder

I remember when I started working at Waterstones and found out I could read advance copies of books. The first one that caught my eye was a book dotted with illustrations of a face with one eye that just said the words wonder on. Being a massive kids book lover, I picked it up and I'll always remember how powerful that book was. It's one that I handsold each week until the day I left.  


When I found out that Wonder was being made into a movie I was filled with a mix of excitement and dread. On one hand I couldn't wait for the story to be brought to life on the big screen, but on the other hand I'm always dubious as to whether it will do the book justice. I was recently lucky enough to get some free tickets for me Scott and Max to see it early via ShowFilmFirst, a fantastic scheme that allows you free tickets for cinema screenings.

Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman, a 10 year old boy born with a rare facial disfigurement, as he ventures into school for the first time. Each part of the book/film is done from the perspective of someone that is part of his life. From his sister to his school friends, each part shows how he has impacted on their lives. It's about showing you can't blend in when you were born to stand out, how acceptance and kindness are the ways to be rather than judging and bullying.

I was a bit apprehensive about taking Max. He can be a sensitive soul and I worried that the nature of the film would leave him upset or angry, I have to say though that he was amazing. He sat through the whole film without a peep and came out of it saying how wonderful it was. At school he is learning about bullying and being kind to others, so it felt like a really appropriate film to take him to see. Having said that, I wouldn't have taken him if he was any younger as I don't think he would understand.

As a parent I sobbed through the film, I've not really experienced much of Max being picked on (beyond a blip in reception) and it hurt my heart to see a child bullied for how they looked. It was amazing to see how the book was adapted and I loved that it focused on everyone that he surrounded himself with to see how one small boy can make such a big impact.

I highly recommend Wonder, it's a film that will warm your heart and fill you with wonder. It's time to meet Auggie, the boy that will make everyone choose kind.
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