The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Hardcover Edition) – Read March 18, 2012
Cost: $14.99 (As of This Post)
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, 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, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the 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 from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
This book was a Christmas present for my son that we read together. He was 6 when he received it and we started reading this about a month ago and we read slowly, because I didn’t want him overwhelmed. The farther we got into the story the more he wanted to read (and he did read most of it without any help). It looks daunting at 533 pages, but there are a ton of pictures thrown in so the book is really much shorter and it’s a two-part story. It’s really cute and the pictures are really well done and detailed. I like how there is a lot of history of early films in this book too, because that does give some insight into how technology and film has developed over the years, and it brought up conversations that we might not have had otherwise. This wasn’t my favorite kids book, but it was engaging and you can probably finish then in a couple of hours. The art was well done, the history is there but it did get a little dull in places. My son liked it so now I guess we can watch the movie!
Quote: “Time can play all sorts of tricks on you. In the blink of an eye, babies appear in carriages, coffins disappear into the ground, wars are won and lost, and children transform, like butterflies, into adults.”