The Invention of Hugo Cabret
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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Half sketches create a story in pictures too, relevant history. Real last-century French pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès collected mechanical robot-like automata, and, impoverished, worked at a toy booth in a Paris railway station. Here, orphan Hugo fixes his late father's automata, and meets Méliès through his god-daughter Isabelle.
Audiobook, Unabridged, 3 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Scholastic Audio (first published 2007)
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karen
DUE TO INTERNET ADVICE/ABUSE FROM A COMPLETE STRANGER, THIS REVIEW NOW CONFORMS TO GRAMMATICAL STANDARDS AND ALL THAT JAZZ, BUT IS STILL, AT THE END OF THE DAY, A BRIEF REVIEW OF A CHILDREN'S BOOK WITH. OH, BUT I STILL WON'T CAPITALIZE LETTERS. EXCEPT HERE. BECAUSE HERE, I AM SHOUTING TO BE HEARD IN EVERY TROLL CAVE IN THE LAND. RECOGNIZE.

this book represents a series of firsts: the first book i have ever borrowed from work. and the first book i read for my summer class on "children's literature...more
Fa Orozco
Este libro es maravilloso. Youtube no se salva de que haga una reseña. No cualquier libro se lee en 2 horas y media por que no puedes soltarlo. Y menos si tiene 533 páginas.
Greg
There is something awesome feeling about getting through 400 pages of a book on an hour lunch break, and still have time to use the bathroom and punch in three minutes early. So what if the book has lots of illustrations and it's written for children, it's still a real sense of Herculean reading, even if it's not that impressive.

I liked this book a lot. I considered giving it five stars. I don't read children or young adult novels so I don't have much to compare it to. The book has much more de...more
Emily May


3.5
I admit that for a while I thought this book might be one of those children's picture books whose ratings reflect the artwork and not the story. And yeah, the artwork is pretty nifty:



But as the story began to unfold and became entwined with historical events, I gradually turned my attention from the drawings to Hugo Cabret and co. The book is set in Paris in the 1930s and Hugo is an orphan who only manages to survive each day by clinging to the hope that he will one day fix the automaton his...more
Ronyell
Words cannot describe how much I loved this book! “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” is one of the first chapter books to win a Caldecott Medal and is cleverly written and illustrated by Brian Selznick and it is about how an orphaned boy named Hugo finds out the secrets contained in his most prized possession…a mechanical man from his dead father. “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” is clearly one of the most exciting and amazing books ever created for children!

Brian Selznick has created a book that goes...more
Kathryn
I read the entire book in a few hours this afternoon; despite being about 500 pages it only has about 26,000 words and much of the page space is taken up with interesting formatting as well as sketches that help fill in some scenes of action and emotion to move the plot forward. It's a very interesting and ingenious idea for a book, one I quite appreciated. I almost always focused on the words more than the pictures in storybooks as a child, and I suppose that remains the case here, though it wa...more
Lora
Feb 27, 2012 Lora rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of illustrated children's fiction
Shelves: lib-read
"The story I am about to share with you takes place in 1931, under the roofs of Paris. Here you will meet a boy named Hugo Cabret, who once, long ago, discovered a mysterious drawing that changed his life forever." So begins the introduction of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Shortly after the start of the story we learn that twelve-year-old Hugo has recently lost his father to a tragic fire.
A horologist working for the city's museum, Hugo's father finds an old automaton in the museum's attic one...more
Jennifer
As I was a little more that 2/3 through The Invention of Hugo Cabret when I started wondering how many stars that I would give it. At first, I was even considering giving it 3 stars, which suprised me since so many people had told me that it was amazing. I have, since settled on giving it 4 starts, because I can't really sum up my first reaction to the work as "It was amazing!" which corresponds to 5 stars. However, now that I have said that, the following criticisms that I have for it that have...more
Jo
OK, Goodreads was being a twonk and ruined my life by making all of the lovely pictures that I wanted to post look dodgy and skew-whiff. So, everyone close your eyes and pretend there are pictures here.

Lots of lovely pictures.

More lovely pictures.

Even more lovely pictures.

Imagination is fun.


You may wonder why I am posting so many pictures of this book for my review.
“Jo!” I hear you cry. “Where are the words?”
And I will reply:
“Exactly. Where are the words?”

I’m being clever and smart and illustrat...more
Manny
I felt intimidated by the idea of reviewing Hugo Cabret, and wondered if anyone would help me. Luckily, the cast of Terry Gilliam's 1989 movie The Adventures of Baron Munchausen were delighted to come to my rescue. Here are some selected comments:

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The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson

I do not approve of this absurd confection, which even the most cursory glance will reveal to be utterly lacking in rationality. A small boy cannot hide in the walls of a station and tend its clocks; a clockwork automat...more
Jonathan
I'm including this in graphic novels because that is probably the best description for this rather unique book. After all it's a novel consisting of many beautiful graphics and some written pages.

While The Invention of Hugo Cabret is aimed mainly at a younger audience of children it appears to be the kind of perfect novel for parents as well. I can imagine a modern parent trying to interest their child in reading by sitting down and reading this work with their child. It is in many ways a modern...more
Jonathan
Aug 17, 2007 Jonathan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
This odd book is less a novel and more a 500+ page short story, with full page illustrations that make up half the book. These illustrations supposedly tell part of the narrative, but the majority of the information is told in the text, turning what could have been an interesting hybrid of text/illustrated story/graphic novel into a bastard combination that doesn't quite work.

The story is quite simple and not very enjoyable. Perhaps because I haven't read "young adult" books in a long time, perh...more
Maggie Stiefvater
This massive hardcover might have been worth four stars as a traditional novel, but the whimsical and cinematic illustrations absolutely push this book to a four. I read it in an evening and wished that I could've had it when I was 10 -- I would've been in hog heaven. A great middle grade novel.




***wondering why all my reviews are five stars? Because I'm only reviewing my favorite books -- not every book I read. Consider a novel's presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement. I can...more
Lisa Vegan
Mar 12, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all boys, all girls, all adults & young adults who enjoy movies, children’s literature &/or art
I’m in love with this book. It is special, very special. Unique. I see that said about so many books, and sometimes the comments are hyperbole and sometimes they are accurate. I’ve truly never seen another book such as this, and I immensely admire it.

I am so grateful (yet again) to the Children's Books group as it’s the April selection for the Fiction Book Club there, and so it finally stopped languishing on my to-read shelf and my on-deck shelf and got read.

the drawings are truly amazing and p...more
Bobby
I absolutely loved this book! Set in Paris in 1931, the story is about a 12-year-old orphan boy who unlocks the secret of a mysterious mechanical man. The real appeal of this book lies in it's unique format. At 500+ pages, it consists of 284 pages of pencil-drawings (reproductions obviously) and is a very interesting combination of a mystery novel plus graphic novel plus film(!) In fact, reading it totally reminded me of some French New Wave films I saw back in college. I loved the grainy textur...more
Andrea
I just finished reading Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. This is the first time I have read it to completion, although last year I read about 70 pages on my first attempt and put it down for a long while and then picked it up again, only to put it down again. I can understand and appreciate why the book won the Caldecott Award, but I do not particularly enjoy the book myself that much, mostly because of the lack of character development and character voice-things the Caldecott Award has nothing t...more
Susan
If there were a rating for sheer coolness factor, this book would score off the charts, but do I approve of coolness for coolness's sake? Apparently in this case, I do. Hugo Cabret is orphaned, broke, and living a secret life behind the walls of a train station as he tries to piece together the story of a mysterious invention that his late father discovered and became obsessed with before his death. Along the way he runs afoul of the law and a crochety old man with a mysterious past who may be a...more
Kayley Hyde
Despite this book being nearly 550 pages, I read it in one sitting, unable to close it until I'd seen Hugo's story through. Touching story, beautiful illustrations and thoughtful writing. Brilliant book, with probably the most wonderful, true film adaptions I've ever seen. Please experience them both, because you will absolutely not regret a second of your time with either.
Christina
Nov 06, 2007 Christina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!!
Can I give it SIX stars?? I really really love this book! It's like watching a silent movie, in book form. It's a mysterious, heartwarming tale about an orphan boy who hides in a Paris train station, keeping the clocks running, hoping to one day uncover the secret of the little mechanical man left him by his father. It's the story of magic: the magic of clockworks, the magic of magic tricks, and the magic of the movies. It's about finding secrets, about rediscovering your past and reinventing yo...more
Noce

Le associazioni mentali sono tante, milioni di milioni, così direbbe Negroni.

Il bambino lo troverà bellissimo, specie se lo portate prima a vedere il film. Leggere il libro sarà l’estensione formato carboncino del suo entusiasmo.

L’adulto medio lo troverà brillante e originale nel pregevole tentativo di omaggiare la settima arte e il pioniere degli effetti speciali: George Méliès con consorte (prima attrice francese in assoluto).

L’adulto che ha alle spalle spanciate di graphic novel, giudicherà i...more
Sandy
In Brian Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the first 45 pages of chapter one are illustrations. The story is set in Paris, France in the early morning at the train station, with commuters hurrying about. You can tell it is sometime in the early 1900’s because of the clothing people are wearing. The atmosphere is one of secrecy and suspense as the illustrations show a young boy scurrying through the station, looking behind, trying to get to where he needs to be without being noticed....more
Fredrik
Buku ini ... WAAAH! >__<

Jelaslah kalau hal yang paling menarik sebenarnya adalah perpaduan antara tulisan dan ilustrasi yang dibuat oleh sang penulis (dengan sangat kerennyaaah~!) sehingga menjadi suatu pengalaman membaca baru yang serupa dengan menonton film.
Dan manisnya lagi, cerita di buku ini memang tentang film.
Benar-benar canggih!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret sendiri berkisah tentang bocah Hugo yang ditinggal mati ayahnya sehingga dia terpaksa hidup bersama pamannya yang bekerja mengu...more
Jackie
I started coveting this book when I first saw it at Borders in 2007. I thought it was gorgeous, but I just wasn’t willing to pay full price for a book that I thought of as a “picture book for the sophisticated”. And yes, I know it’s a middle grade book, but the artwork is gorgeous. Anyway, I knew it held promise but it never went on sale and then I just sorta forgot about it until the movie came out. But, by then I was knee deep in other books to really make an effort to check it out. Then the o...more
Shawn Sorensen
An innovative, often moving book about a boy orphaned in a train station who must fix a complex automaton that may then write a message from his recently deceased father. The many complex pencil drawings, fascinating at least at the start, follow Hugo around, zooming up close to him and zooming back out like a movie camera as he struggles to keep a train station's large clocks running on time.

The book, at its heart, is a tribute to a French pioneer of some of the first movies ever made, George...more
Minli
A surprisingly short read for a 500+ page book, Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret is an experiment in medium: not quite graphic novel or picture book, long sequences are wordlessly illustrated in between short spans of text. The (pencil?) illustrations of the Parisian landscape were awesome, as were the chase scenes and the details of the automation. It's really quite a daring effort, and one I appreciated.

However, impressive production and delicate illustration aside, I was still looking...more
Priscilla
Initial thoughts:

1. Loved the illustrations. The details in the closeups are lovely, and the progression of the illustrations was like watching a film.
2. It took me awhile to warm up to our main character Hugo. He was secretive and defensive, but understandable under the circumstances. I really warmed up to him in the later half of the book.
3. Loved Papa Georges character and his backstory. Lot's of feels for him.
4. I really liked how film was part of the story. I adore movies a lot, and it was...more
Whitney
I read this in like 2 hours. Very amazing, definitely something i'm gonna force into the hands of my kids one day.
Chachic
Originally posted here.

I remember buying my beautiful copy of The Invention of Hugo Cabret when I was in the States for a vacation back in 2009. I got the gift edition for just $11 (yay bargain!) and I haven't gotten around to reading it until this year because of the huge TBR pile. I finally got to pick it up for a read along with my friend Capillya of the fabulous That Cover Girl and fellow Filipino book blogger Aldrin of Fully Booked .Me.



If you've seen an actual copy of this book then you kn...more
Kirstine
I watched the movie first, and perhaps that's why, when I think of this story my mind erupts in fireworks of shimmering blue and burning gold, evoking feelings of magic and wonder and warmth. The kind of warmth that hugs your heart a little and makes you feel so much more at ease in the world. To me, this is Hugo Cabret.

The movie differs from the book in several places, but the overall feel of it is the same. The only major loss with the book is all the side-stories that Scorsese most likely in...more
Jeanette
This one surprised me by turning out to be about a long-ago French filmmaker and magician named Georges Melies. If you want to know how Hugo Cabret fits into the picture, so to speak, you'll just have to read the book. Kids who like mechanical things would groove on this book with all the clockworks in the Paris train station, the mechanical toys, and the tinkering Hugo likes to do. Don't be put off by the page count. Hundreds of those pages are taken up by pencil drawings.

Both of Brian Selznic...more
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Hello there. My name is Brian Selznick and I’m the author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I was born in 1966 in New Jersey. I have a sister who is a teacher, a brother who is a brain surgeon, and five nephews and one niece. I studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and after I graduated from college I worked at Eeyore’s Books for Children in New York City. I learned all about...more
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