Monday, March 5, 2012

Wonder - Pages 27-50

Charlotte tells Auggie that she was in the school's play the previous year. Oliver! features numerous children as main characters, making it a good option for a school musical.

Via needs to take the "A train down to Eighty-Sixth, then the crosstown bus all the way to the East Side. Takes an hour that way..." Anyone ride the subway or city bus (not the school bus) to school? Here's a picture of the A train and a New York City crosstown bus.


Auggie doesn't have any experience in school, so on his first day he says he thought Ms. Petosa would look like Miss Fowl from Jimmy Neutron. (He describes Miss Fowl as "an old lady with a big bun on her head.") Instead he realizes that Ms. Petosa looks like Mon Mothma from Star Wars Episode IV.

Here come a couple more Star Wars references. First, Auggie has a small braid in the back of his hair. In class Julian asks him if it's a "Padawan thing." A Padawan is a Jedi apprentice. Here's a picture of young Anakin Skywalker where you can see his Padawan braid.

We also learn that Auggie's favorite character is Jango Fett...

...not to be confused with his son, Boba Fett.

Finally, and probably the most important Star Wars reference in this section, Julian asks Auggie if he likes Darth Sidious. Of course Auggie knows what happens to Darth Sidious in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Why would Julian mention Darth Sidious?

Finally, this is the second time Auggie mentions that he has a cleft palate. Cleft means "split or divided" and your palate is the roof of your mouth. He says that even after two surgeries, he still has a hole in the roof of his mouth, which makes eating rather difficult and messy. He says that when he eats he looks like a tortoise eating. He's not trying to be funny. Just imagine, when describing himself to others, he compares himself to "some prehistoric swamp thing."

*All images linked to their source.

Continue to pages 51-80.


  1. Kathleen Armstrong9/4/12, 1:14 PM

    These notes about Wonder are so helpful to our discussion. Thank you for all your hard work.

  2. Very cool website. Kids loved it. Thanks.

  3. This is phenomenal - thank you!
    Side note - Mon Mothma only appears in "Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi."

  4. I love your site! I found this book this summer and love your site to help with the visuals to help them "see" what is being spoken about. Your image of Darth Sidious is not here, any way that can be fixed?

  5. It's on the list. There are a couple other images missing too. Thanks for letting me know.

  6. So Boss!!!!!!

  7. My class thought this helped them so sos so so so so so so much thank you Mr.W. BTWs all the girls cried when they say darth sidous:(:(:(:(

    1. I was kinda confused at first because your smiley faces, I mean frowny faces kinda looked liked... whatever you get it right?? :D

  8. thank you , this is fabulous :0

  9. cool... Patrick


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