About The Invention of Hugo Cabret

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

About The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris 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. With 284 pages of original drawings, and combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Brian Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience. Here is a stunning, cinematic tour de force from a boldly innovative storyteller, artist, and bookmaker.

 

AT–A–GLANCE

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick

What Is It?

A novel in words and pictures by award-winning author/illustrator Brian Selznick

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 9 and up

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  • Subjects:
    Language Arts
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