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.