I read this book a few years ago and I must say that reading it with my class really took the reading experience to a new level.
There are actually two stories in this book. One story is Ben's and is told through text. The other story is Rose's and it is told through pictures. Brian Selznick's drawings are extremely detailed. We enjoyed looking at the pictures and discovering details that helped us not only figure out Rose's story, but also to make connections to Ben's story.
The exciting news is that Wonderstruck is going to be made into a movie. We plan to get together and watch it when it finally comes out.