THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET by Brian Selznick
Kirkus Star

THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET

Age Range: 9 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

From Selznick’s ever-generative mind comes a uniquely inventive story told in text, sequential art and period photographs and film. Orphaned Hugo survives secretly in a Parisian train station (circa 1930). Obsessed with reconstructing a broken automaton, Hugo is convinced that it will write a message from his father that will save his life. Caught stealing small mechanical repair parts from the station’s toy shop, Hugo’s life intersects with the elderly shop owner and his goddaughter, Isabelle. The children are drawn together in solving the linked mysteries of the automaton and the identity of the artist, illusionist and pioneer filmmaker, Georges Méliès, long believed dead. Discovering that Isabelle’s godfather is Méliès, the two resurrect his films, his reputation and assure Hugo’s future. Opening with cinematic immediacy, a series of drawings immerses readers in Hugo’s mysterious world. Exquisitely chosen art sequences are sometimes stopped moments, sometimes moments of intense action and emotion. The book, an homage to early filmmakers as dreammakers, is elegantly designed to resemble the flickering experience of silent film melodramas. Fade to black and cue the applause! (notes, film credits) (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-439-81378-6
Page count: 544pp
Publisher: Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2007




THE BRILLIANT BRIAN SELZNICK:

Children THE RUNAWAY DOLLS by Ann M. Martin
by Ann M. Martin
Children THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET by Brian Selznick
by Brian Selznick
Children MARLY’S GHOST by David Levithan
by David Levithan
Children LUNCH MONEY by Andrew Clements
by Andrew Clements

MORE BY BRIAN SELZNICK

ChildrenTHE HUGO MOVIE COMPANION by Brian Selznick
by Brian Selznick
ChildrenWONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick
by Brian Selznick
ChildrenTHE RUNAWAY DOLLS by Ann M. Martin
by Ann M. Martin

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenFLOORS by Patrick Carman
by Patrick Carman
ChildrenIN THE SHADOWS by Kiersten White
by Kiersten White
ChildrenVIMINY CROWE'S COMIC BOOK by Marthe Jocelyn
by Marthe Jocelyn