The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick


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  1. bachbooks Says:

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret balances both pictures and words to tell the story of orphaned “Apprentice Timekeeper” Hugo and his secret life in a Parisian train station. Following his father’s demise and his uncle’s disappearance, Hugo must fend for himself scraping and pinching to survive. He exists as an observer on the margins of station life until the owner of a toy shop catches him stealing. Hugo loses his anonymity, but he gains precious connection to the old man and his goddaughter, Isabelle. This connection helps unravel a mystery wrapped up in the earliest days of French movie magic.

    In this modern classic, Selznick blends images and text to straddle the realms of graphic novel and traditional text. His drawings were so appealing that the story engaged me from the start, and I sought to share the book with my family and friends. Like a classic film, the story’s twists and turns heightened the dramatic suspense and made for a pleasurable read. I enjoyed the author’s allusions to Prometheus and his depictions of Paris as a city of both light and dark.

    Rating: 4.5 stars

    Recommendations: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Persepolis, Mythology, I Am the Messenger

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