The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By Brian Selznick

Ages 9-12 – 544 pages

Published in 2007 by Scholastic Press

Twelve year-old Hugo Cabret is an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station in Paris. Hugo spends his days fixing the clocks in the station and stealing food and mechanical parts to finish a project (a mechanical man) his father was working on before he died. Hugo knows that the mechanical man (an automaton) has a message from his father and he needs to fix the man in order to get the message. Hugo was good at fixing the clocks and being a thief until one day the grouchy old man, Georges Méliés, who owns a toy booth, caught Hugo stealing parts from him. Georges took Hugo’s last present from his father, a notebook that was filled with drawings and plans for  the automaton. Georges made Hugo  work his toy booth to earn his notebook back. Hugo became friends with Georges god-daughter, Isabelle, and together they look for his notebook, discover who Georges really is and hatch a plan to remind the old man of his past.

I really liked this book! Don’t be scared of the 500+ pages in it, the book is really sort of a graphic novel. I loved the illustrations, especially how they tell part of the story! You have to see the illustrations to really get the idea of what I’m talking about…..SEE!

You learn a lot about the story just from the pictures. I bet kids who don’t really like to read would enjoy this book. Apart from the terrific pictures, the story is very exciting. Hugo is a great character. Even though he has a tough life, he keeps on going! The book won the 2008 Caldecott Medal and is going to be made into a movie called “Hugo” that comes out November 23, 2011. I really hope the movie can come close to the book!

I give the book 5 out of 5 book worms!

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Categories: Age 9+, Comics / Graphic Novels, Good Books

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6 replies

  1. I agree with your five out of five rating. Selznick has a wonderfully unique style, telling as much of his story with pictures as he does with text. He has a new book called Wonderstruck coming out on September 13. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advance copy. It has over 150 MORE pictures than Hugo and deals with more serious topics: deafness and family roots. (But I liked Hugo better.) Here’s a review, if anyone’s interested:

  2. I loved this book! I totally agree with you when you say that people who don’t normally like to read would like this. The pictures add something totally new to the reading experience! The book looks rather scary when you pick it up because it’s huge and heavy. But it’s definitely worth it! When I saw Harry Potter I saw the preview for the movie Hugo and I can’t be more excited! It looks absolutely amazing! I hope they can make the movie at least almost as good as the book!

  3. Love love LOVE this book! Glad you enjoyed it, too.

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