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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
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Jan 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s
Read in January, 2012

What a unique book! It's like a story, art gallery and movie all at once. Twelve year old Hugo Cabret is orphaned and taken in by his uncle whose job is to keep all the clocks in the train station working correctly. One day, the uncle does not come home and Hugo who is mechanically talented keeps the clocks going. To survive, Hugo steals from shop owners at the station including the toy shop owner whose mechanical toys he needs for their parts. The toy shop owner is a disgruntled old man who catches Hugo and punishes him.
Hugo also misses his father and knows his father was working on an automaton at the museum the night he died. Hugo finds the automaton in the ashes of the museum and repairs it hoping that it will write a last message from his father. Instead, it draws an amazing picture that sets in motion Hugo's discovery of the true identity of the toy booth owner.
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