Tuesday, March 24, 2009

the invention of hugo cabret

this week i'm reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

found this review at the official website for the book:
orphan, clock keeper, and thief: twelve-year-old 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 girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train 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 all come together...in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
This 526-page book is told in both words and pictures. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. Each picture (there are nearly three hundred pages of pictures!) takes up an entire double-page spread, and the story moves forward as you turn the pages to see the next moment unfold in front of you.

hope you get a chance check-out this 2008 caldecott award-winning book.


Karen said...

We just read this book last week. It is great!

It is our book for this month's co-op. My youngest has started re-reading it because she liked it so much.

kathleen said...


i'm glad your family enjoyed the book! i'm really enjoying it as well. it's hard to put down.