Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
37. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
written and illustrated by Brian Selznick
juvenile fiction, 2007
hardcover, 526 pages
This is an original, amazing, creative, fascinating book and I loved it. Let's see, what shall I say? It is 'about' a young boy in the early 1930s who lives inside a train station in Paris. His father is dead, and his uncle is the man who takes care of all the clocks in the station. And I don't think I want to write more because it is a book best discovered by the reader without prior information. It is many pages long, but a lot of the pages are drawings,
and a lot of the word pages are short ones.
This is an excellent book to read to a child. How I wish it had been around when my dearies were little. It would have been such fun to come upon these drawings and talk about them together. It is a book with some history, especially film history, to explore with a child or on one's own. If you haven't read it, please do. You're in for a delightful, warm, interesting reading experience.