Publisher: Bodley Head
Release Date: 28th August 2014
Edition: UK hardback, review copy
Other Titles by this Author: Wonder, The Julian Chapter (e-novella)
August Pullman stole the hearts of over one million readers in the bestselling, award-winning Wonder.
365 Days of Wonder is a beautiful companion to the novel: a collection of quotes and wise words, one for every day of the year.
It includes funny, insightful, inspiring thoughts from Wonder fans, from authors and personalities – Roald Dahl to John Lennon, Anne Frank to Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien to Popeye – and form the novel itself. It is a book to be shared, treasured and enjoyed again and again.
This book is a collection of precepts collected by Auggie’s fifth grade teacher at Beecher Prep, Mr Browne. Interspersed between the words of wisdom, which are displayed in a myriad of fonts and designs, are notes from Mr Browne. They could be correspondence with the children from his class delivering their summer precepts and explaining why they choose them, or just continuing their connection. It was a really nice way to connect the quotes directly to Auggie and Wonder as well as pull them all together as a collection.
Here are my favourite precepts from 365 Days of Wonder:
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who do not believe in magic will never find it.”
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie and knot in it and hang on.”
“Making a million friends is not a miracle . . . the miracle is to make such a friend who can stand with you when millions are against you.”
“We must be willing to LEt go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
“What makes night within us may leave stars.”
365 Days of Wonder is a wonderful book that is the perfect gift or keepsake for fans of Wonder, collectors of precepts and, actually, just everyone.
Thanks to Bodley Head for the review copy.