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abookaweek 2012: week four

2012 January 29

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

Category: Children’s / YA

Story: After his father dies, Hugo Cabret goes to live inside a Paris train station with his uncle, who fixes all the clocks in the station. But after his uncle disappears Hugo is left to fend for himself, and after attempting to steal a toy he meets a grumpy old man who takes away Hugo’s only hope at completing his father’s work; an automaton.

The book is based on the real story of the life of Georges Méliès, the French filmmaker famous for his film Le Voyage dans la Lune.

Opinion: I have to say it’s unlike any children’s book I’ve read, although at the same time it’s not a revolutionary original work, either. The storyline itself in particular is a bit predictable, but that’s not a major issue. I loved the characters, which were surprisingly interesting and vivid for a genre that relies heavily on stereotypes.

About half of this book consists of beautiful intricate illustrations that tell the story along with the text itself. It’s not a picture book, and it’s not a graphic novel, but the text would be nowhere without the pictures.

I’m excited to see the movie, the novel lends itself really well for a silver screen adaptation.

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