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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
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Sep 22, 2012

really liked it

Hugo Cabaret lives on his own at a Paris train station, stealing croissants and winding the clocks daily so the station master doesn't discover that his drunken uncle has disappeared. Hugo's story becomes more complex and interesting as the story goes on introducing the automoton, Hugo's father's death and the drawings he left, toymaking, a friend- Isabelle, books and movies about magic that ignite Hugo's curiosity. Friends save the day and help unfold the mystery of the connection between the toymaker/filmaker and Hugo's dad.

I think kids will relate to the sneaking around and hiding from adults, and the kids and friendships helping to resolve the problems. The intimidating fat book is offset by small sections of text and gorgeously illustrated pages conveying action, much like a movie. The website offers fantastic background information on all: http://www.theinventionofhugocabret.c...

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