By Brian Selznick
Ages 9-12 – 544 pages
Published in 2007 by Scholastic Press
Twelve year-old Hugo Cabret is an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station in Paris. Hugo spends his days fixing the clocks in the station and stealing food and mechanical parts to finish a project (a mechanical man) his father was working on before he died. Hugo knows that the mechanical man (an automaton) has a message from his father and he needs to fix the man in order to get the message. Hugo was good at fixing the clocks and being a thief until one day the grouchy old man, Georges Méliés, who owns a toy booth, caught Hugo stealing parts from him. Georges took Hugo’s last present from his father, a notebook that was filled with drawings and plans for the automaton. Georges made Hugo work his toy booth to earn his notebook back. Hugo became friends with Georges god-daughter, Isabelle, and together they look for his notebook, discover who Georges really is and hatch a plan to remind the old man of his past.
I really liked this book! Don’t be scared of the 500+ pages in it, the book is really sort of a graphic novel. I loved the illustrations, especially how they tell part of the story! You have to see the illustrations to really get the idea of what I’m talking about…..SEE!
You learn a lot about the story just from the pictures. I bet kids who don’t really like to read would enjoy this book. Apart from the terrific pictures, the story is very exciting. Hugo is a great character. Even though he has a tough life, he keeps on going! The book won the 2008 Caldecott Medal and is going to be made into a movie called “Hugo” that comes out November 23, 2011. I really hope the movie can come close to the book!
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