SCHOLASTIC AUDIO GROUP PRESENTS GROUNDBREAKING AUDIOBOOK RELEASE WITH EXCLUSIVE BONUS DVD




New York, NY (January 29, 2007) -- Scholastic Audio Group breaks boundaries this March with the innovative audiobook release of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick’s debut novel, to be published simultaneously by Scholastic Press. This unique audiobook, accompanied by an exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus DVD hosted by the author, takes an innovative approach to the storytelling process. By translating the more than three hundred pages of original black and white illustrations in the novel using vivid sound design to move the story forward, the audiobook engages the listener’s imagination through sound as never before. The Invention of Hugo Cabret audiobook offers listeners a truly distinctive listening experience, immersing them in the fantastic and mysterious world of Hugo -- an orphan, clock keeper and thief.
 
“This is truly a new approach in storytelling for the audiobook format,” said Jennifer Feldman, Publisher, Scholastic Audio Group.  “Brian Selznick has created a revolutionary work, incorporating illustrations to move the story forward along with the written word.  When creating the audiobook, we challenged ourselves to replicate this experience for listeners.  I think what we’ve developed through the use of sound design, and with the inclusion of the DVD, has really created an innovative and engaging entertainment experience.”
 
The groundbreaking DVD provides a captivating visual tour of book illustrations hosted by the author, a 30-minute exclusive behind-the-scenes commentary and the author’s personal stories and inspirations. Brian Selznick’s book has been lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a true masterpiece – an artful blending of narrative, illustration and cinematic technique for a story as tantalizing as it is touching.” Read by award-winning narrator Jeff Woodman, The Invention of Hugo Cabret will be available in a 3-CD, 3-hour set, with the bonus DVD, March 2007 for the suggested retail price of $29.95.
 
Commenting on the translation of his debut novel to the audio format, Selznick says “Before television, radio was very popular and families would gather around and listen to stories being told by actors with sound effects and music and it would transport you to another world. Audiobooks have that same effect."
 
THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET SYNOPSIS:
Set in 1930s Paris, orphan, clock keeper, and thief Hugo lives in the walls of a busy train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity.  But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.  A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
 
THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET DVD BONUS FEATURES:
• A visual tour of book illustrations hosted by author Brian Selznick
• A 30-minute exclusive behind-the-scenes commentary
• Author’s personal stories and inspirations
• Only available with the audiobook
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is his first novel. Brian Selznick lives in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.
 
About Scholastic Media
Scholastic Media (SM), the entertainment and media division of Scholastic, is a leading producer of quality, family-oriented content across multiple platforms, including feature films, television programming, videos, interactive and audio products, and web sites, and is a major developer and marketer of children's brands worldwide. Among SM's award-winning and top-rated productions are the animated series Clifford The Big Red Dog® (PBS KIDS®); the Emmy award-winning spin-off series Clifford's Puppy Days™(PBS KIDS); I SPY (HBO Family); The Magic School Bus® (TLC); Goosebumps®; Animorphs®; and the newest series Maya & Miguel™ (PBS KIDS GO!). SM's critically-acclaimed feature films include Clifford's Really Big Movie, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Babysitters Club Movie, and The Mighty. SM is also producing the forthcoming film The Golden Compass, based on the award-winning Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials, for New Line Cinema. Scholastic is a co-creator of the new multi-platform qubo network for children, which promotes literacy and positive values through entertainment.  Provided by Scholastic, Dragon is the new pre-school series airing on qubo.

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology.  Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys.  The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site, www.scholastic.com.
 
For more information, please contact Brian Reinert at 212-689-6360 ext. 1223 or e-mail Brian_Reinert@bhimpact.com

The Invention of Hugo Cabret     
Scholastic Audio      Scholastic Press
Narrator: Jeff Woodman     Written and illustrated by Brian Selznick
Format: Unabridged, 3 hours, 3 CDs + Bonus DVD  Format: Hardcover
Release Date: March 2007     Publication Date: March 2007
ISBN: 0-545-00363-6      ISBN: 0-439-81378-6
$29.95 U.S. / $35.99 CAN     $22.99/ Ages 9 and up

Contacts:
Scholastic Media
Amabel Fulgencio
212-343-7169