Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Author: Brian Selznick
Awards: The Caldecott Metal, A New York Times Best Illustrated Book, A New York Times Bestseller, The Quill Award for Children's Chapter Book, An NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, A Publishers Weekly Best Book, A Kirkus Reviews Best Book, A New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing
Publication Date: 2007
Genre: Mystery, History, Film
Audience: Gr. Young Adult
Overview: “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” is an intriguing story with stunning illustrations that pull you into the world of Hugo Cabret. Hugo, an orphan and thief, lives in a hidden room in a Paris train station. His life drastically changes when he meets Isabelle, a young girl, and her grandfather, who help him unravel the mystery behind the objects left behind by his uncle and father. The illustrations mimic the storyboards used in film development, which is a clue to putting all of the puzzle pieces together. The clever way that Brian Selznick switches back in forth between the narrative and the illustrations make it impossible to put the book down until the final page. Even then you finish this astonishing book you will want to experience it again and again.
Activity: Create a story by creating a set of sequenced drawings and hide clues in the drawings. Have the group act out the story and see if they uncover your clues.
Reviewer’s Name: Darby Hewes
Posted by Dr. Deb L. Marciano at 10/10/2008