So I cried two times while reading this wonderful children’s book, once because I was sad and once because I was happy. This is truly a wonder of a book — for all ages. August Pullman was born with a facial deformity. He’s never been to school. That changes as he enters fifth grade at Beecher Prep. Auggie wants to be treated normally, but that’s impossible given his looks. Most kids avoid him, a few are outright mean, one or two are friendly. But, during the year, Auggie makes a place for himself because he’s smart, funny and kind. The book provides excellent social commentary on the nature of kindness and acceptance. It’s told primarily from Auggie’s point of view, but we do get other perspectives. His sister, for example, loves him, but it’s hard for her, too. She’s been overlooked by their parents and is embarrassed to be seen with him. Through it all, Auggie’s courage shines strong. If you ever worried about where to sit in the cafeteria this book is for you. If you haven’t, read it anyway, because it’s that good!