Published in 2007, this beautiful Caldecott medal winning book is another book that works great for kids who struggle with concentration, who get overwhelmed when faced with a book full of tight text, no illustrations, and small font sizes.
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret has a lexile measure of 820L. Here are pictures of what the page spreads look like. Note the large margins, well spaced text, and larger text size. There will be a few pages of text and then several pages of pictures so a child can rest their brain before being faced with text again. The story is an exciting and suspenseful historical fiction of film maker and automaton collector, Georges Melies.
The pictures make the story come alive and often seem like the stills of film that change just a bit from spread to spread. When Hugo nearly gets hit by a train and the pictures show the train getting closer and closer, I had to hold my breath.
Matthew said that when he sees a book with tight text and nothing but words page after page, he feels frustrated and feels his eyes don't have a place to land. With the work of Brian Selznick, he is rewarded every time he finishes a block of text by well crafted illustrations.
He is currently reading Selznick's Wonderstruck, and The Marvels will be coming home soon.
Thank you, Brian Selznick for creating books that my son can read successfully. It took him about two weeks to read this book, which is fast for him.
Another great book for kids who need white space is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.
If you have a child who needs white space, what books have they enjoyed reading?