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Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selnick

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Year: 2007
ISBN: 0439813786
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 544
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’ve seen The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick in stores and talked about on many a blog so I finally made a point to check it out of my local library. And I was so glad that I did. This is such an amazing story. Not just that it is this wonderful mix of great story telling and some of the best drawings that I have ever seen. Each drawing is filled with so much detail that it was hard to pull myself away from them in order to turn the page.

The story deals with orphan Hugo Cabret who has been abandoned by his Uncle and left to tend the clocks in a Parisian train station. He works behind the scenes and no one seems to notice him. When not tending to the clocks he works on a project that he started with his father before his death. Since Hugo is an orphan, living on his own, he tends to steal what he needs – food & parts for his machine. Things are going relatively well for him until one day when an old man who runs the toy booth in the station catches Hugo in the act of stealing. What follows is one of the best stories that I have read all year.

This novel has it all…delightful characters…amazing drawings…and a story that makes you keep turning the pages until there are no more left to turn. If you are looking for that perfect blend of text and graphic novel then this is the book for you. Its a story that people of all ages can enjoy. Its also a good way for those new to the graphic novel to ease themselves into the genre. Since there is text mixed in with the fabulous drawings. Each of which could probably stand on their own but together just make for something truly amazing.

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