The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Orphaned and alone, Hugo is not a normal kid. He is always tinkering and fixing mechanical parts, which has gotten him a pay-less gig as a clockkeeper, and gets the majority of his food by thievery. When a mechanical man, an equally unique young girl and a former movie-making prodigy all come together, they can only lead to one thing…..an adventure of a lifetime.
What I Thought of The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick is well-known for his different style of writing: half writing, half pictures. It is not quite a flipbook or graphic, but an illustrated masterpiece. I was expecting one of two things: either these pictures would limit creativity because we weren’t given the opportunity to envision the descriptions ourself, or that the images would create an overly obscure and confusion plot. I was pleasantly surprised that the illustrations enhanced the story in a great way. They left just enough freedom to imagine things yourself while still giving exact descriptions on certain points in the story. Because of this amazing balance, I completely devoured this book. Some feelings kindled by Hugo Cabret are indescribable! Besides the original type of literature, the story itself was perfectly set up and structured. Even though the climax happened nearer to the conclusion of this book, there was always something interesting around the corner. Younger readers could be intimidated by the daunting 520-some pages of this book, but they need to know that over half of all pages are full and detailed drawings. Overall, this eccentric novel is a definite win for fantasy and fiction readers and gets a 5 out of 5 stars rating from me!
Anytime Hugo would fiddle with his mechanical man or the clocks, it created a favorite part of the book for me. The author’s writing made me feel as if I was mending the clocks alongside Hugo!