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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Posted by Jen on Thursday, 17 May, 2007

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. (From

I finished reading this last night. It is really good and I highly recommend it. Brian Selznick tells the story with words and drawings. Not in the way most books are, where the words would say, “And he looked through the window,” then show a picture of him looking through the window. It’s more, “And he looked through the window,” then show pictures of what he saw through the window, and then continue with words: “So he went out to see them.”

You can see a flash slideshow of the opening sequence of drawings HERE.


2 Responses to “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”

  1. […] then I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret (see previous entry) and there was the same picture, along with a description of what […]

  2. raj said

    You Rock

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