The Invention of Hugo Cabret was such an outstanding book. Briefly, “Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.” The book has unbelievable drawings in it. It’s a novel, but full of pictures too. I have high hopes for the movie – it comes out November 23, 2011.
Take a look at the trailer:
This 550 page novel has a big surprise once you open it…the fact that many of the pages are pictures! It’s a bit like reading, and then turning the pages like a little movie, and then reading some more. The pictures are drawn from interesting angles and perspectives and are as much fun as the story. It is not a pictures book, but an illustrated novel, like a comic book or graphic novel.
12 year-old Hugo is an orphan living in a train station in Paris, but he doesn’t live out in the bustle of the station, he lives in the walls! Hugo is an apprentice to the clock keeper, who happens to be Hugo’s Uncle. Hugo’s Uncle has disappeared leaving Hugo to tend the clocks. Afraid of being discovered, Hugo continues to do his Uncle’s job and collecting his Uncle’s paychecks, even though he can’t cash them. Hugo scavenges for food and sometimes has to steal.
Hugo has a big job just to survive alone, but in his free time, Hugo enjoys working on a project begun by his Father. He tinkers with a mechanical man, called an automaton (a robot), trying to get it to work. The small mechanical parts of the automaton are like the parts in the clock…each piece fitting with the next piece to make the machine work correctly. Hugo’s life is like one of these mechanical pieces… he just doesn’t know where his piece fits with the next…until he meets a girl and a crotchety toy shop owner…then the pieces of his life begin to fit together. Author & Illustrator: Brian Selznick
- Available on CD
- The Offical Hugo Cabret Website
- Flashlight Readers: Hugo Cabret
- Listen to NPR Interview with author Brian Selznick
- Watch a video interview with Brian Selznick
- Watch. Connect. Read.: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
- Getty Exhibitions: Devices of Wonder