The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

This 550 page novel has a big surprise once you open it…the fact that many of the pages are pictures!  It’s a little 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 appretice to the clock keeper, who happens to be Hugo’s uncle, but the uncle has disappeared leaving Hugo to tend the clocks.  Afraid of being discovered, Hugo continues to do his uncle’s job 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

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