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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  148,068 ratings  ·  14,262 reviews
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, 525 pages
Published March 2007 by Scholastic Press (first published 2007)
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David I think this is one of the rare cases where the book and movie are both equally good. The movie was absolutely fantastic. Probably my favorite…moreI think this is one of the rare cases where the book and movie are both equally good. The movie was absolutely fantastic. Probably my favorite Scorsese movie. It has an innocence and magic to it that his other movies (at least the ones I've seen) lack due to how gritty and serious they are. The book has all the same qualities.(less)
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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Jun 05, 2009 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
Charlotte May
Knowing I had to return this to the library tomorrow - I had a browse and noticed it is majority pictures and not a whole of lot text. So this evening I managed to read the entire thing out loud to my mother and sister 💖
Boom! Now I can return it having read this masterpiece!

"You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I believe that if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be
Mohammed Arabey
Nov 06, 2014 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 مشاهدة ذلك 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 ص
Sep 13, 2016 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 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
Oct 24, 2011 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 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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و هفتم ماه دسامبر سال 2011 میلادی
عنوان: اختراع هوگو کابره؛ نویسنده: برایان سلزنیک؛ مترجم: رضی هیرمندی، تهران، نشر افق، 1389، در 280 ص
سبک این کتاب را «سینما رمان» رمان (کلامی تصویری) نام نهاده اند، ترکیبی غیرهمزمان از تصویر و نوشتار است، داستان نوبتی با تصویر و متن روایت میشود. ا. شربیانی
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
Dec 12, 2015 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
Nov 26, 2007 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 enjoyed this book so much, even more than Wonderstruck which I loved. The illustrations are wonderful and the way the story is told in text and then for several pages in drawing is so unique. This book also has some vintage photography of the era which really helps set the scene.

Hugo is an orphan with a talent for machinery, he lives in a railway station in Paris and tends to the clocks and steals food to get by. He has a secret that he focusses all his energy into trying to complete in his fa
Feb 22, 2012 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
Maggie Stiefvater
Jun 17, 2008 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
Jan 03, 2015 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.
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Such a great book! My review can be found here:
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Çok çok güzeldi!
Aug 16, 2015 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
Nov 19, 2015 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
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
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
Nu stiu cum este cartea asta pentru un copil, daca mie ca adult mi s-a parut minunata. Conceptia cartii, incepand de la coperta , supracoperta, desenele care completeaza atat de frumos povestea, paginile dintre capitole care sunt negre, deci iesite din tiparul obisnuit, totul este foarte atragator.
Si povestea este una frumoasa, care te atrage, te incita si te face sa ’’inghiti’’ cu usurinta pagina dupa pagina.
Este povestea lui Hugo, un copil care ramas fara parinti, ajunge in grija unui unchi, c
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to make of this book at first, because I typically don't read children's or middle-grade literature, whatever category you would slot this book into. I also didn't have really any idea of what it was about, but the beauty of the book itself made me decide to give it a try - and I as not disappointed!

The book follows a young orphan called Hugo Cabret, who lives inside the walls of the Grand Central station in Paris, mending clocks and stealing toy parts from a local vendor. Whe
Jonathan Terrington
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 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow- what a gorgeously magical gem of a book. I picked this up for a challenge to read a Steampunk book, and had no idea what I was getting into as I opened the cover. Part novel, part graphic novel- the illustrations conveyed strong emotion and were so beautiful.

Hugo Cabret- an orphaned boy left alone in the train station to continue turning the clocks, he has to steal his food and is a mechanical genius. The book also incorporates film an automaton that draws a picture merging the past and pr
Book Concierge
5***** and a ❤

Hugo Cabret is an orphan who lives in the Paris Train Station, taking care of the clocks as his uncle trained him to do. His secret project, though, is finishing the invention his father was working on when he died. He steals parts from a toy shop – small gears and screws and springs. But when he’s caught, he gets embroiled in an even bigger mystery.

What a treasure! This inventive, unusual novel in words and pictures, won the Caldecott medal for illustration. The reader really nee
Jul 17, 2016 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
May 10, 2015 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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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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