The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures

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Scholastic Inc., 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 533 pages
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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 -- like the gears of the clocks he keeps -- with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the train 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.

With more than three hundred pages of original drawings, and combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Brian Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience. Here is a stunning, cinematic tour de force from a boldly innovative storyteller, artist, and bookmaker.


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Amazing combination of prose, artwork and photography. - Goodreads
The pictures are boring and drab. - Goodreads
Fascinating style of illustrations and writing. - Goodreads
easy to read, lots of pictures - Goodreads
A love story to the early cine-magic of Georges Melies. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Katherine Krige - Goodreads

Hugo will charm you. From the pictures, to the prose about an orphaned street urchin, this tale weaves magic. It asks you to believe, not only for Hugo's sake, but for your own. As magic is the best ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ashley Parnell - Goodreads

AMAZING!!! The pictures were very well drawn and the book was wonderful. Read full review

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Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caledcott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn't traveling to research and talk about his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

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