At the end of each month there is a short piece written from the point of view of Mr Brown, one of the teachers in the novel who introduces precepts to his students. These pieces provide a little more insight into different characters, and the very end answers the big question that Wonder left unanswered: who told Mr Tushman about the notes? I won’t answer that here of course – you’ll have to read the book to find that out!
365 Days of Wonder is compiled of quotes – some hand written, some accompanied by drawings, and others typed – submitted to the author by children. Of the 1,200 submitted, Palacio chose 365 that she felt best represented Mr Brown’s precepts in Wonder.
It includes some treasures. One of my favourites was, “The best angle from which to approach any problem is a try-angle” (Unknown), because I’m a sucker for a good pun, and I also loved “Life is not colourful. Life is colouring” (Paco).
The quotes are inspiring, thoughtful, and match up with the theme of kindness that runs through Wonder. It is a lovely companion to the novel, and one that any fan of the book will enjoy. The little chapters in between the quotes won’t make much sense without reading the novel first, so if you are thinking of buying both, make sure you tackle the novel first.
365 Days of Wonder: Words of Wisdom for Every Day, by R. J. Palacio, Published by Random House NZ, RRP $21.99