Book Review: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

And I’m FINALLY caught up on my book reviews! Though, the book I managed to start reading over my lunch break today will be finished in the next couple of days, so another one will be forthcoming. Hopefully, I can be better at getting reviews up as I finish reading books. I don’t like it when I get as far behind as I did. Here’s to trying to be better! 🙂

#52 – The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Genre: Children’s/Family/Picture book

Page Numbers: 533 pages

Dates Read: 10/14/14 – 10/16/14

Plot in three lines or less: Hugo, the orphan boy-turned thief runs the clocks and timepieces for the train station in Paris, where he lives in the walls. His very existence depends on keeping himself hidden from the outside world, until his world collides with that of a cranky old man who runs a tooth booth at the station. A mysterious girl, cryptic drawings, a stolen key, a mechanical man and more turn Hugo’s world completely upside down.

New read or re-read? Re-read.

Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would definitely read this again, and I would recommend it and any of Brian Selznick’s other works to anyone. Also – while this is not based on a true story, there are elements of history in here that ring with truth, namely with regards to the history of film. Anyone who is a lover of old films, or studies the history of film making would love this book.

Why did I pick it up? This was another book I borrowed from the library. Like I said, I was going for easy and quick reading the last time I was there and this definitely fit the bill. I am seriously going to have to pick it up for my own library.

Rating: 5/5

Other Notes: This is a very unique book. Half of the pages in this book are comprised of original artwork by Brian that compliment and help tell this story, and they are beautiful works of art. It’s not just a children’s story, yet it’s more than just a picture book. It has a timeless quality to it, and I think is one that truly can be enjoyed and appreciated by anyone of any age.

And had I had proper warning, I could have had the opportunity to meet the author recently. The artwork of Brian Selznick is currently being exhibited at the Delaware Art Museum and there was a signing event by Brian there a couple of weeks ago. As it is, I am think I might have to go visit the exhibition of his artwork that is there at some point soon. I am sure it will be an amazing thing to behold.

Grand Total: 109


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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

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