Tuesday, 18 August 2009

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Hey followers!

Hope you're enjoying our posts! This one is about a book that is almost a piece of art in itself. Brian Selznick's 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' is about a young orphan named Hugo, who lives with his uncle in the walls of a big train station. He has no money and steals whatever he can to survive, while he helps his uncle maintain and sevice the many clocks in the train station. He also steals small mechanical parts from the toy stand in the train station, to mend a grand machine that his father was fixing before he died. Once fixed, the 'automaton' as it is called, will write out a message, one that Hugo hopes is from his now dead father.
Hugo's world suddenly becomes exciting with the introduction of a young girl named Isabelle, who at first seems like an enemy. Her grandfather owns the toy shop and he catches Hugo stealing one day. As Hugo works more and more on the automaton, more mysteries are uncovered and more secrets are to be found.

The most amazing thing about this book is that it is partly told through text, and partly through beautiful drawings, which fill whole pages and set out the ornate scenes. If you love illustrations, then this book is for you. I found the story to be a bit young for me, but the book's design is totally worth the time taken to read it.

Nick

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