Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

A visual masterpiece, The Invention of Hugo Cabret is sure to delight readers of all ages.  Hugo Cabret is an orphan who lives in the train station in Paris and keeps all the clocks running.  Hugo is an inventor, a creative thinker and a thief who needs to steal to eat and create.   He is on a mission to restore a automaton (mechanical man) that his dad found in hopes that his secret wish will come true.  Along the way he meets a old man who runs a toy booth and his granddaughter, Iabelle, who becomes his only friend.   What begins for Hugo as a secret desire becomes a mystery waiting to be solved and he and Isabelle set off on a quest.

The book is a visual tour de force and will have you turning the pages at a fast pace as you read the text and absorb the 284 original drawings and images.  The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not a typical book as it is like a cinematic film on paper.  The storyline contains some cinematic history and includes visuals from early French films.  The book will leave you with the impressions of a graphic novel combined with a children's picture book.  The text is enjoyable to read in combination with the artwork and the result is a timeless, innovative piece of literature that will leave a lasting impression on the reader.

While I was reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret, my 11 year daughter was peering over my shoulder.  When I set the book down, I came back and noticed she had started reading it in tandem with me and for a few days we had two bookmarks in the book and had to fight over who was reading it first.  Now my 13 year old son is in the midst of reading it and our plan is to see the movie version of the book this weekend.   The film version is called Hugo and is directed by Martin Scorsese.

  The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a book for families to read, cherish and treasure.  You must leave a special place for it on your bookshelf and re-visit the reading experience again and again.

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