Wonderous Art, Lovely Story (The Invention of Hugo Cabret)
Nov 24, 2009
"The Invention of Hugo Cabret" is an amazing book. It tells the story of a boy who's orphaned, taken in by his miserable uncle, and then orphaned again. It's a story ultimately about faith and persistence and trust. The faith and persistence not being Hugo's, but rather those who stand firmly enough against the boy's rejection, that he finds that eventually he can trust once again.
The book is huge, by the way, with over 500 pages, but they aren't filled with text. Instead what you get is a book that is mostly graphic. Beautiful line drawings that fade in and out of the story, giving you text when you need it, but showing you otherwise what the story is about with images.
Brian Selznick's book was a National Book Award Finalist, and is written at the AR 5.1 level (Accelerated Reading). The book is suitable for older elementary aged kids on up. Adults and Young Adults will appreciate the artwork more than the story. Children will be pleased by both, as they follow Hugo Cabret's adventures in France in 1931.
Pam T~ mom and reviewer at BooksForKids-reviews (1049)
. . . .which perhaps makes perfect sense for a book about one of the directors who created the history of movies and a movie by a director who has made history with his movies. Scorsese's Hugo is a near-perfect snow globe of a movie, where the eye is drawn to the incandescent cinematography and down through the three dimensions of his holographic images to show the inner workings of the machines of Hugo Cabret. Flat paper never stood a chance in this showdown of artistry. … more
Book Description: 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.From Publishers Weekly