The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Hardcover)
Reviewed by Halie B:
Hugo Cabret is a young, scrawny boy. He lives in the train station walls all by himself. The book takes place in Paris in the 1930s, so a pretty old place. His dad died in a fire and Hugo didn’t really know his mom. His uncle was supposed to take care of him, but he is always busy. His uncle is an unforgiving man. Hugo’s uncle, who takes care of the clocks, is reckless, and is supposed to take care of Hugo, but often leaves him for hours at a time. One day Hugo's uncle doesn’t come back and now it’s Hugo who has to take care of the clocks. Meanwhile, Hugo is gathering mechanical parts for his secret invention. Right acrost the main clock is a toy booth with an old man working there. This old man dislikes Hugo very much for good reason. Hugo steals old toy parts. But Hugo also has a good reason to do so since he has an important job to do and no money. In the end, Hugo learns to trust others and that he’s a great inventor.
My favorite thing about this book is how Hugo and the other characters grow and respond to each other. Hugo is a very creative, shy boy. He does not depend on a lot of things. For example, he lives all by himself and does not need someone to tell him everything is fine. He is very independent. But everyone needs a shoulder to lean on once in a while. When Hugo meets Isabel, a young kind soul, his life changes. As soon as Isabel was introduced I knew she would be important in this story. However, in the beginning, Isabel saw Hugo as just a thief. This book has some sad parts, but most of all, it has adventure and discovery and thievery. The pictures in this book are absolutely beautiful, all made by hand and pencil. The pictures are Very realistic. I would recommend this book to age groups from tweens to young adults.
The groundbreaking debut novel from bookmaking pioneer, Brian Selznick!
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--like the gears of the clocks he keeps--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.
With 284 pages of original drawings and combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Brian Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience. Here is a stunning cinematic tour de force from a boldly innovative storyteller and artist.
About the Author
2008 Caldecott Medal winner
National Book Award Finalist
#1 New York Times Bestseller
New York Times Best Illustrated Book
Los Angeles Times Favorite Children's Book of the Year
TIME Magazine's 100 Best Children's and Young Adult Books of All Time
“Evokes wonder . . . like a silent film on paper.” -- The New York Times
“A fast-paced treat.” -- People Magazine
“Distinctive.”-- The Wall Street Journal
“Cinematic.”-- Parenting Magazine
“Captivating.”-- Los Angeles Times Book Review
“If your kid loves the J.K. Rowling series, then [they are] bound to enjoyThe Invention of Hugo Cabret. . .”-- Good Housekeeping
* “A true masterpiece.”-- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* “Fade to black and cue the applause!”-- Kirkus, starred review
* “Complete genius.”-- Horn Book, starred review
* “Breathtaking . . . shatters conventions.”-- School Library Journal, starred review
* “An original and creative integration of art and text.”-- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
“Visually stunning . . . raises the bar.” -- San Antonio Express-News