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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  110,001 ratings  ·  10,964 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 534 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2007)
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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
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.
Mohammed Arabey
What a silly Questions!!
Of course I do LOVE Books, & Sure I Want some Adventures
And above all I adore the magic of Cinema.
لأني تذكرت معشوقتي وقت مشاهدتي لذلك الفيلم ,ثم تبعته بقراءة الرواية التي تشبه فيلما سينمائيا ساحر

تذكرت مشهد نزول عادل أمام متشاجرا مع شيرين من قطار توقف بمحطة مصر الواسعة..و صدي صوت ضحكات جيم كاري كستانلي أيبكس المجنونة بينما يرتدي القناع الساحر...ونيكول كيدمان بفستانها الأسود الأنيق تقترب من بات مان فوق سطح يطل علي جوثام الرهيبة لجول شوماخر..والأشعة الزرقاء الكهربية التي
Emily May

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
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
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
Feb 27, 2012 Lora rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 on
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
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
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
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
While The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is a children's book - I really liked it. It was nice and simple to read, had a sweet end and made me feel all cozy and warm. The story is magical and captivating and 284/534 pages are beautifully sketched and pull you into the story in a super unique way. Even if picture books/graphic novels don't appeal to you, I recommend watching the film adaption, which exudes the same level of feel goodness as this book!

Basically, it made me feel like th
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:


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
Wow.... just wow.

Words can't express how much I enjoyed this book. I think it might be the best book that I read so far. Maybe not the best, but it's surely my favorite.

I loved everything in it, the story, the characters, the movie pictures and the ART. I adored every single illustration this book had.

I would recommend this book to literally everyone who likes reading. It was just that good.
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
Nov 06, 2007 Christina rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Aug 17, 2007 Jonathan rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Lisa Vegan
Mar 12, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Francisco Gama
"Si alguna vez te has preguntado de dónde vienen los sueños que tienes por la noche, mira a tu alrededor y lo sabrás. Aquí es donde se hacen los sueños".

Una maravillosa historia, llena de ilustraciones muy bonitas.
Personajes entrañables, muy corta como para hablar de ella.
Desarrollas tu imaginación con la narrativa de la historia y las imágenes, algo que se me hizo muy atractivo del libro, fue como ver una película y leerla al mismo tiempo.

Realmente me gustó y si me hubiera provocado más senti
Contada num tom amistoso e cordial, a história d’ A Invenção de Hugo Cabret lê-se com encanto do princípio ao fim, como se as palavras de Brian Selznick fossem uma varinha de condão que nos enfeitiça e enleva o espírito.

As ilustrações que acompanham esta narrativa, que ficciona a vida de uma das entidades responsáveis pelos primórdios da sétima arte, Georges Méliès, são sublimes!
As páginas são desfolhadas com admiração, surpresa e arroubo intelectuais, ante uma obra tão melodiosa, suave e apr
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.
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
Such a beautiful book. Though not an extremely complex plot, the story is a sweet, endearing one. It may look like a long book, but the inside is filled with so many gorgeous drawings that it can be finished in one day. And as an artist, one that loves drawing more than anything, this appealed to me an incredible amount. I fell it love with it. I loved how the pictures and prose worked together to tell the story, and how one takes off where the other stops, throughout the book. It was also inspi ...more
Inés Izal
“Si dejamos volar nuestros sueños, podemos ser capaces de todo”
Hugo was one of the most beautiful movies I've ever had the pleasure of watching. I watched Hugo before I read the book, but that didn't make reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret any less of the amazing experience it was.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a bit of an odd book, as it tells the story of young orphan Hugo Cabret through over 500 pages of both words and pictures. The author, Brian Selznick, has written a few other books like this, Wonderstruck being a notable example.

I was surprised wh
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
Opinião aqui:

Antes de saber da existência do livro tive conhecimento do filme. Acabei por ficar com bastante curiosidade no filme e por assistir ao mesmo. Lembro-me que na altura gostei muito do mesmo tanto pela sua história como pela sua aura mágica. Algum tempo depois acabei por ter conhecimento de que a história do filme era baseada num livro e logo fiquei com uma enorme curiosidade em o ler. Mais ainda quando descobri que o livro continha ilustrações

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
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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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