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Elizabeth Kennedy

The Invention of Hugo Cabret - A Terrific Book

By January 4, 2013

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2008 Caldecott Medal Winner - The Invention of Hugo Cabret cover artHave you and/or your kids read The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the award-winning middle grade novel by Brian Selznick that will particularly appeal to ages 9 to 14? Numerous sequential double-page spreads of dense pencil illustrations wordlessly move the reader through time, space, and the story, set in Paris, of Hugo Cabret, an orphan. Because 284 pages of this 525-page novel are pencil illustrations, reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret is like entering a 1930s black and white movie.

A movie version of the book, titled Hugo, was released in 2010 and is now available in DVD and Blu-ray. Brian Selznick wrote a fascinating book about the making of the movie, The Hugo Movie Companion: A Behind the Scenes Look at How a Beloved Book Became a Major Motion Picture, which I also recommend.

Related Resources
The 2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner
Book Review of Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Hugo - Movie Review for Parents (About.com: Kids Movies & TV)

(Cover art courtesy of Scholastic Press, An Imprint of Scholastic, Inc.)

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