The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

There’s still time to read the book before the movie comes out for Thanksgiving weekend!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick redefined the picture book genre when it won the Caldecott award for the most distinguished American picture book for children in 2008.

At first glance, this is quite a thick book of more than 500 pages for the children’s room, but when you take a look inside, you’ll see that more than half the book holds exquisite black and white illustrations that will capture your imagination immediately and you won’t be able to put it down. You get to actually read the pictures that pick up the story between the texts of each chapter. How ingenious!! 

Overview of The Invention of Hugo Cabret: ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

This is a must read for children and adults! The book itself is like being in an old-fashioned, silent, black and white film. I truly hope that the movie will be as enthralling and after watching this movie trailer I can hardly wait to see it!! It will be in theaters Nov. 23.   

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Mary Ellen Budney November 17, 2011 at 07:10 PM
My kids LOVED this book. The illustrations were beautiful and the prose was very easy to read out loud.
Anna-Maria Lee November 24, 2011 at 07:51 PM
What age is the book good for?
Debbie Verrillo November 28, 2011 at 08:42 PM
I would recommend it for age 9 and up or third grade and up. Heard from friends that it's a great movie too.


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