- Published: New York : Scholastic Press, c2007.
- Year Published: 2007
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 533 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 820
- Méliès, Georges, -- 1861-1938 -- Fiction.
- Robots -- Fiction.
- Orphans -- Fiction.
- Railroad stations -- Fiction.
- Paris (France) -- Fiction. -- History -- 1870-1940
- France -- Fiction. -- History -- Third Republic, 1870-1940
- France -- Fiction.
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The invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words and pictures
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When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
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The children in this story are fabrications, but it turns out that the automaton and the main adults in the story are real. I deeply don't want to give away anything about the storytelling style of this book, so I will simply say that it is the most unexpected encounter I may have ever had with a book for kids. I started reading it with my just-turned-9 y.o., but it wasn't quite for her yet. Maybe in another year.
The back of the book has references and information about real automaton, and I found a link to videos of a real one that works. The idea that people could make mechanical, clockwork devices that could write and draw multiple complicated poems and pictures blows my mind. See for yourself! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfeNC2...
I highly, highly recommend this book, whether you are a child or an adult. You'll be delighted.
Yea i have to admit that the illustrations are really good!!
And i ALSOOoo have to admit that this iz one of my top 3 favs!!!!
The storyline was full of twists and turns and the pictures told as much of the story as the text did. The illustrations had so much fine detail and were just gorgeous. I highly recommend this book to kids and adults alike!
Being pushed to read the book due to a movie doesn't normally jive with my library-loving, book-loving logic. But it works for this! Because the book is a movie in itself- which I didn't expect, and it involves a bit of film history, which was wonderful (for my film buff self). I also read it in one sitting - it's that kind of book.
It follows young orphaned Hugo on the streets of Paris in the 1930s. Living in a train station, keeping the clocks running, collecting gears, drawing, and stealing toys are Hugo's days until a riddle from his past comes to life and the pieces start fitting together. Along with the young Isabelle, they have a bit of an adventure that links Hugo, Isabelle and her Papa Georges!
Over 200 beautiful, award winning illustrations, wrapped into a fantastic journey.
There were a few things that bothered me, though. I often wanted to shake Hugo (and other characters) and yell "just tell the truth already! why all the secrecy?" Also, I didn't have a good sense of how much time was passing. For a book that relies so much on clocks, you think it would be more obvious - but I guess that would depend on calendars, not just a machine that counts the hours.
I know the "Invention" of the title is supposed to be his automaton, but I wonder if it also refers to the invention of Hugo as a person - how his skills and interests are finally given an opportunity to flourish once he gets involved with Papa Georges and Isabelle.
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