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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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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 with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured ...more
Hardcover, 533 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2007)
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Isaiah Jackson I like both of them , but you are right a about one thing book most of the time are always better then the movies
Aubrie This is historical fiction, taking place in France during the 1930s. Georges Méliès was an actual man with a knack for "magic" and prop work in his…moreThis is historical fiction, taking place in France during the 1930s. Georges Méliès was an actual man with a knack for "magic" and prop work in his films, as many film-makers and even photographers did back then because there was no such thing as Photoshop. Everything was done by hand in a dark room. Now, such movie tricks are usually done with CGI, though there are still experimental film-makers and photographers that still work by hand like he did. I think readers are most confused by the automaton, which they see as futuristic technology. It's actually not, but there was a "Golden Age of Automata" which happened during the last fifty years of the Victorian era, which most of the Steampunk aesthetic is based from. Automatons have actually been built since ancient times and are still in production, though now it's mostly for artistic purposes.(less)

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Oct 18, 2011 karen rated it really liked it

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
Mohammed Arabey
Dec 29, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing

What a silly Qs!!
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 صدرت من
Dec 28, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Twelve-year-old Hugo, orphan, clock keeper, and thief, has been keeping the clocks running in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity.

But when his world suddenly interlocks with a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, an eccentric, bookish girl, 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
Fa Orozco
Jan 23, 2013 Fa Orozco rated it it was amazing
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.
Emily May
Mar 30, 2012 Emily May rated it really liked it

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
Dec 12, 2008 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-kids
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
Kyoko SWords
Jan 05, 2016 Kyoko SWords rated it it was amazing
Reseña completa aquí:
Lo que diga sobre este libro, lo que sea, siento que no le hará justicia. Me ha fascinado su mezcal de narrativa, las ilustraciones, las fotos, TODO.
La historia de Hugo me conmovió y despertó mi curiosidad por el cine. Aún ahora me pregunto por qué la docencia no usa estos libros tan maravillosos para hablar de la historia.
Y no diré más porque atrasaré todos mis vídeos y reseñas para sacar inmediatamente las que estarán dedic
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In a nutshell: The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a magical and heartwarming read that anyone could enjoy.

I put off reading this book for far too long. I've yet to see the movie adaptation but I've had my eye on this book for a while. Finally, I decided to borrow it from my local library and I loved it. Shortly after reading this, I also read Wonderstruck by the same author, which was just as wonderful. It's been a few months since I read both but I can still rem
Feb 27, 2012 Lora rated it really liked it
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
Aug 15, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 05, 2015 Mario rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 28, 2015 Mona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those rare books where the movie is much better than the novel.

Skip the book, but do see the movie, "Hugo", which is marvelous.

The audio reader's style didn't help matters. Jeff Woodman reads the book like he is narrating it to kids. Very likely that's his main audience, but his reading style is so self consciously slow and declamatory, it detracts from the story.

Update 11/28/2015: I got a copy of the physical book from the library. Per the suggestions of GRers Jefferson and Judy
Mar 21, 2016 Mish rated it it was amazing
Simply the most imaginative, stunning book I have ever read. Brian Selznick is a talented artist. He uses his remarkable skill to create an incredibly beautiful and poignant story of an orphan boy, Hugo Cabret, who secretly roams the tunnels of the Paris train station, keeping the clocks in running order. He rescues an automata from a burnt down museum, in hope to restore it to its original form and to uncover its hidden message. He steals parts from a toy peddler, but eventually he’s caught and ...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
Jun 17, 2008 Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing
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
May 19, 2015 Jonnie rated it really liked it
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
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Jan 23, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it
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
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
Mar 18, 2016 Kaitlin rated it really liked it
This book is my second book by Selznick and it follows the character of Hugo Cabret, a young orphan who is in hiding. Hugo lives at the station and he is in charge of the clocks all over the station. He hides away from everyone as he is basically alone and abandoned and he's doing his drunk uncle's job.

Of course, soon Hugo's life of thievery and clockwork is challenged when he is caught thieving. He has quite a few secrets he wants to keep but he soon realises that this is not going to be easy
Aug 17, 2007 Jonathan rated it it was ok
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
Jul 20, 2016 Gypsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ایده کارو خیلی دوست داشتما، سینما رمان. داستان ساختن از نکات کور ِ تاریخی اونم به یه شکل متناقض، کلاً اختراع هوگو کابره.. اما، خیلــــی کِش دار بود به نظرم. ینی می دیدین همه طفره میرن؟ پیرزنه، پیرمرده، ایزابل، چمدونم.. فقط اتی ین مثل آدم حرف میزد. بقیه با یه جور لجبازی ِ اغراق آمیز. دیگه یه نفر، دو نفر، نه که سه نفر. :| لوس بازی های ایزابل هم رو اعصابم بود. خصوصاً در مقابل هوگو کابره که انگار یه شخصیت متعادل بود، اون خیلی لوس و بچه به نظر میرسید. در حالی که معمولاً دخترا عاقل ترن دیگه. نمدونم نو ...more
Kayley Hyde
Feb 20, 2012 Kayley Hyde rated it it was amazing
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.
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Jun 05, 2012 Jesse (JesseTheReader) rated it really liked it
Such a great book! My review can be found here:
Nov 16, 2007 Susan rated it really liked it
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
Lisa Vegan
Mar 12, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 06, 2007 Christina rated it it was amazing
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
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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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