REVIEW : THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET

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TITLE: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
AUTHOR: Brian Selznick
GENRES: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
FORMAT: Hardback (Finnish edition)
PAGES: 543
PUBLISHED: 2008
PUBLISHER: Tammi

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Selznick’s Caldecott Medal winner and #1 NY Times bestseller is now available in ebook form! Exquisitely produced, it offers a reading experience so unique, you’ll want both the print and ebook editions!

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks — like the gears of the clock he keeps — with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

With 284 pages of original drawings, and combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Brian Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience. Here is a stunning, cinematic tour de force from a boldly innovative storyteller, artist, and bookmaker.

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I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.

I’ve seen this book every now and then and wanted to get it from our library. But since it is quite a brick of a book, I’ve strayed away from it. But I finally did it and got it from the library!

First things first. I love the cover, the spine of this book! I need to buy it for myself just because I want to keep watching it. But you know what else is amazing in this book beside the cover and spine? The artwork!
To be honest, at first I wasn’t a fan of this book because it felt like kids’ picture book with more images than text. But once I got into the story, I got carried away. The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” fits 100% when talking about Hugo Cabret. There was a point when I just wanted more and more pictures and less text. I got so much more out of the amazing artworks than from the text itself.

Hugo Cabret. I just wanted to snatch that boy from the book and took him in to live with us. What a brave and strong young man. You can see so much development in him even though sometimes his weird secrets might have irritated me but I see he had his reasons.
Isabelle annoyed me so much. But well, afterwards I can see the reason behind her actions too, kind of.

The story of Hugo Cabret took me through a roller coaster. At one point you’re on the edge of your seat and the next you get frustrated. This book has so much to say and teach. Just to think that there are so many boys and girls like Hugo makes my heart ache.

All in all I really enjoyed this book. Yet there was something that kept me from loving it. I definitely recommend this to everyone. If you’re not interested in the story itself, just look at the artwork. It’s stunning!

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