The Invention Of Hugo Cabret, A Novel In Words And Pictures


Hugo (12) is an orphan. He ekes out a living as a thief in a Paris train station. He also repairs the clocks, using what his father, a clockmaker now deceased, had shown him. Hugo wants to repair a robot that his father had built, and steals parts from a a toy kiosk in the Paris train station. Then the inevitable happens - he is caught by the toy seller. In repaying his debt, Hugo discovers he is not the only one with secrets to be kept.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a unique, magical reading experience on many levels, both in plot and visually. Sharing The Invention of Hugo Cabret is an experience, not just a read out loud book.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

This book is fantastic and is one of my all-time favorites. Hugo Cabret has an awesome vibe. The artwork is equally as great as the text story. That doesn’t mean there are some things that I wouldn’t change. The first thing: in showing a character's mysteriousness they wore a magician's cape. That isn't mysterious, just overkill. Some people say that book was boring and moved slow in some parts it wasn’t like that for me, but it might be something to watch out for, I would suggest giving it as a gift or picking it up at a library because most likely I feel that reader of the book will be happy with the book no matter where they got it

Parent Reaction

Review pending.

Type of Book:
This is a story set in 1931 Paris, told through narrative and illustrations.
Educational Themes:

The plot asks a lot of questions. It is very surprising for the characters, and possibly you. Some themes of this book would be mystery, film making, thievery, friendship, and that the past may surprise you.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book that gets "richer" with every read.

Title The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures
Author Brian Selznick
Publisher Scholastic Press © 2007
Illustrators Brian Selznick
ISBN 9780439813785
Material Hard Cover
Cost $24.99
Genres Family, Mystery, Historical Fiction, History - 1920s & 1930s
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