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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Posted by Caitie F on February 15, 2012

Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret  
Author: Brian Selznick
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Pub Date: March 1, 2007
Rating:  ++++

Summary from goodreads:

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

After seeing the wonderful movie, I had to read the book.

And the book did not disappoint. Getting to see the visuals in the graphic novel portion was really amazing. The art is wonderful and is a great addition to the story and enhances it so well. I don’t think this could usually work, but it did here.

The writing is great and it is a really enjoyable story. The characters are adorable and so much fun!

I have to say, I think the movie made have been better. Isabella was more likable and being able to see the movies really enhanced the entire story.

It is a fun book and a great movie, so you should go read and see it! I usually don’t really see why something gets the Caldecott, but this book it just made sense. It was a beautiful, creative book that can be enjoyed by all!


2 Responses to “The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick”

  1. I want to read the book after seeing the movie too!

  2. Amanda said

    I read the book a couple years before the movie came out and adored it, and was quite pleased with the movie adaptation (which is rare for me if I’ve read the book first).

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