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I picked up 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' because I got it for an 11 yr old grand to read. I enjoyed it as magical. The drawings, art and actual photos are mesmerizing. That I found out after finishing 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' it was based on the life of a major character in the story was rather exciting! I understand 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' is the basis of the movie 'Hugo' . I sincerely hope the kids READ the book instead of watching the movie. I rarely watch movies of books I've read - I am usually disgusted with them.
Winner of the Caldecott Award for outstanding art in a children’s book and the basis for the fine film, *Hugo*.
Every once in a while there is a book (or film or album or painting) that breaks new ground, that makes everyone step back and say, “Wow, you can do that?” This was one of those books.
Hugo Cabret is an orphan living in a train station in Paris in 1931. His mother died in child birth and his clock-repairman father died in a fire at a museum. Hugo was taken in (more like “seized”) by his drunken uncle who kept the clockworks running at the train station. But his uncle has disappeared and Hugo, unknown to station management, has been repairing and winding the clocks himself, stealing food to survive. Hugo has another secret. From the ruins of the burned-down museum where his father died, Hugo recovered the automaton that his father had been trying to repair. There is someone else in the train station with a secret past: the mysterious old man who runs the toy shop.
This is historical fiction partly based on real events, including the early history of the movies. But the true marvels of the book are the layout and illustrations. This is the first “picture-book novel.” The book is 520 pages long but more than half the pages are double-page drawings that tell the story without words. Selznick’s illustrations are art pieces in themselves and provide us with a story experience different from anything else ever done. The sense of life and motion in each drawing is startling. The reading level of the words is probably 5th-6th grade but the ideas are interesting enough for adults, too. It is not exaggerating to call this a work of genius and one of the 10 most important children’s books of the past 20 years.
My 5 year old loved this and I found it a wonderful way to ease into film history.
This majestic series is placed in my top 3 favourite books.
Pros and cons:
Although you do have to flip through 100-200 illustrations between the beginning, middle and end it 100% is worth it because the author used such empathy and emotion writing some chapters, you literally feel like your inside the book! There definitely is some melancholy parts as well, but in my opinion, that's what makes this book amazing!
Illustrations really added to the tone of the story. Love it! I wish there were more books written like this one.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with my 10 & 7 year old sons. It holds a mix of adventure, friendship as well as learning a little history. Would recommend.
This is a favourite of every member of our junior fiction book club. We rated it 5/5
For how much praise this book received and how hyped it was, I found it rather disappointing. The use of images doesn't actually help to further the story very much and exclusively using full page spreads does not make for very dynamic sequential art. I see the appeal, and the automaton storyline is great, high interest stuff, but I find the execution lacking.
Once again a wonderful book by Brian Selznick. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a heartfelt book with visionary illustrations. We (everyone who liked the book) hope you write more Brian Selznick!!!
One of the best books I've ever read, and I think it's fantastic for all ages. Kids, don't be put off by the large size. It's mostly pictures. Adults, don't be put off by it being mostly pictures (and in the kids section). It's a story worth reading. The art makes you feel like you are watching a film, and the historical details are woven into a clever story.
This book is beautiful- the writing, the detailed illustrations, and the story. I enjoyed reading it again for the 2017 Battle of the Books at our library.
This book is fantastic, simply wonderful. Selznick does a wonderful job creating a book full of awe and magic. The illustrations are engaging and incredibly detailed, and the words are economic (not one extra word used). This work of fiction is also a great example of a book inspired by historical events, and it makes me want to read all of the source material.
I am absolutely in love this book and the next. The first I read this was in third grade and now, six years later, it still doesn't lose my interest.
This book by Brian Selznick is fantastic, and simply wonderful. Selznick does a wonderful job creating a book full of awe and magic. This book is about a boy named Hugo who is an orphan who is repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, he then meets two important people and then his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized. The illustrations are engaging and incredibly detailed, and the words are economic (not one extra word used). This work of fiction is also a great example of a book inspired by historical events, and although you do have to flip through 100-200 illustrations between the beginning, middle and end it 100% is worth it because the author used such empathy and emotion writing some chapters, you literally feel like your inside the book! There definitely is some melancholy parts as well, but in my opinion, that's what makes this book amazing! Definitely recommend it to history buffs or love illustrations in novels! Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Stars
- @PocketFullOfBooks22 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
This was a fantastic and excellent book. The author really puts details into the book that make you want to read more and give you a vivid image, and the pictures definitely match the visualization you have in your mind. It's a unique book and it's a great read for someone who wants to expand their horizons but wants to guarantee they'll still get a good read. I'd also recommend it to schools who want to challenge their kids past the basic novels. I would rate this book a 4/5 stars for its awesome story line and unique aspect.
- @reviewguard of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Little 12 year old Hugo Cabret becomes an apprentice clock keeper under his uncle who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station after his parents tragically die in a house fire. The young boy learns to maintain every one of the station’s clocks. When his uncle goes mysteriously missing one night he’s left with the task of taking over the job so no one knows he’s gone. After Hugo recovers a final link to his family when searching the ashes of his old home, he begins his mission to repair the delicate machine which holds in itself a mystery. This book by size comparison might seem intimidating but in actuality over half the pages are beautiful illustrations. However by no means are these illustrations just to look at as once reading you’ll find yourself quickly flipping through them in suspense and you’ll begin to feel as if the novel is becoming a motion picture film. Overall The Invention of Hugo Cabret is an incredibly creative and immersive piece of literature which combines it’s illustrations to tell a mysterious story in which you’ll easily find yourself in the busy French train station with him. I recommend this novel to readers of all ages as even older readers will find the creativity and mystery enjoyable. If you end up like this style of writing I would definitely encourage you to check out other books written by Selznick.
- @magicsoup of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is an amazing book for young readers. Or readers of any age, I couldn't put it down!
It's more than 500 pages but it only took me 4 or 5 hours to read because of all the pictures, not that I'm complaining or anything.
A quick and fun read that is brought together beautifully with pictures and words.
I wasn't so sure if I would like this book at first, but I started reading it today, and finished it in one go! If you have seen the movie 'Hugo,' this is what the movie is based on- only better!
I am so glad my friends recommended this to me, it has it all! Happiness, Sadness, Excitement, etc! I expected it to be long, and a bit boring, but the story-line is great, and the pictures are amazing, they help you understand something if your not quite sure about what Hugo or Isabelle are doing, or your not sure if something makes sence, the picures really help.
The book is about a boy named Hugo. His father works with clocks. At his fathers other job, his father finds an automan. (or autmano, I can't exactly remember!) He tries to take it back to his home, but a guard locks his father up in the attic by accident! And, just to make it worse, the whole Museum sets on fire, and Hugo's father is killed.
I'll leave you there :D
I rate this book 10/10 because it is just so creative!
Brian Selznick is so lucky to have these amazing talents, he should be really proud of himself.
I had this book recommended to me by a friend and picked it up rather uncertainly! It was huge! Then I looked inside and discovered some great artwork that made up quite a large part of the book.
I really liked this story. It was about a young boy named Hugo Cabret who loves to fix things, especially clocks. The museum burns down and Hugo’s father is killed. Hugo goes to live with his Uncle and meets a girl named Isabelle. He befriends her and starts out on a magical sequence of events …
My favourite character was Hugo because he was very brave and yet a little mischievous. He has a main purpose in life, which is to fix his father’s Automan, which was very precious to his father.
I rate this book a 10 out of 10 because there were very clever drawings telling you every detail of what was going on, which really added something to the story.