This book tells the story of Auggie, a boy with only one eye, from his own point of view. Auggie knows he is different – he doesn’t explain how, but the illustrations fill us in. Yet he also knows that he likes to do a lot of the same things as many other kids, and his interests are very similar.
Auggie’s mum says he is a wonder, and his little dog Daisy thinks so, too. But some other people don’t perceive this – they only see that Auggie is different, and they can be very unkind. Some stare, some point and laugh, and some even call him names. Auggie notices all this, and it makes him sad. His feelings are hurt, and so are Daisy’s.
When Auggie and Daisy feel this way, they put on their helmets and blast off, up through the clouds, across the galaxy and go to Pluto. All along the way, there is a friendly little bird tagging along with them.
On the Planet Pluto, Auggie greets old friends who look like him – they also only have one eye each, and nothing else on their faces. From Pluto, Auggie and Daisy look down at the Earth, and they think about everyone down there, how different they all are, and how the Earth is big enough for all kinds of people.
Auggie knows he can’t change the way he looks, but he hopes that he can change the way people see.
Once he’s back on the Earth, the illustrations depict Auggie meeting a new friend, and reaching out the hand – or little bird, of friendship. This new friend’s smile tells us that Auggie has found someone who sees beyond his differences, and sees him as a wonder!
Because, as Auggie says, we are all wonders.