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What is the difference between the book and movie versions of Wonder?

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In 2012, R. J. Palacio published the children’s novel Wonder and five years later, a film adaptation by the same name was released starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay. Both the book and the film tell the story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a fifth-grader who suffers from a disease which has disfigured his face.

Overall, the novel and the film follow the same general plot and center around the fifth-graders Auggie, Jack, Summer, and Julian and Auggie’s sister Via and her relationship with Miranda.

There are a few distinct differences worth noting.

First, the novel is intentionally obscure when it comes to describing Auggie’s physical deformity. The deformity and the disease is never fully explained, but readers have equated the description to Treacher Collins syndrome. In the film, it’s stated that Auggie has mandibulofacial dysostosis. The novel’s descriptions of the deformity are significantly more severe than are depicted in the film. This is probably due to the...

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Movies are never as detailed as the book. There was many differences between the book and the movie. Many details were left out when adapting the book into a film.

One major detail that was left out of the film was how the family got another dog, Bear, after Daisy died.

Another detail that was removed from the film was Auggie’s hearing aid. Auggie’s hearing aids were a big part of the Nature Retreat when Auggie and the other boys were in a big brawl in the woods.

One minor detail that was adjusted in the film was the movie being shown at the Nature Retreat movie night. In the book, The Sound of Music was the feature presentation but in the movie it was The Wizard of Oz.