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The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Flashlight Readers Activity

Those who loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, will enjoy these engaging interactive activities that bring the book to life.


3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Interactive Whiteboard Activities
  • Book Resources

Explore The Invention of Hugo Cabret, an online literary experience from Scholastic's Flashlight Readers, gives fans of Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret more from their favorite read with activities, slideshows, video, and much more.

Students can:

  • Listen and watch the author share his writing and illustrating process of the book with Inventing Hugo Cabret.
  • Discover Hugo Cabret by listening and following along to this audio excerpt of the mystery.
  • Browse a slideshow of Selznick's drafts of the cover to see how it evolved with Invention of a Cover.
  • Watch the Author Video to find out what inspired him to write the Invention of Hugo Cabret.
  • Collect everything they need to build their own automaton collection as they play the games.
  • Move Hugo around the Mechanical Maze, answering questions as they go.
  • Put their know-how to the test as they build and repair mechanical men with Automaton Workbench!
  • Use the Book Creator to create their own original, printable stories!
  • Meet the Author with a brief bio of Selznick.
  • Read a Q&A with Brian Selznick in which he discusses the writing process, his favorite books as a kid, and more.
  • Read More From Brian Selznick for other books he has illustrated.
  • Get recommendations for More Best Books that Hugo Cabret fans will love.

Learning Objectives

While participating in Flashlight Readers activities, students will:

  • Offer observations, make connections, react, speculate, interpret, and raise questions in response to text
  • Identify and discuss book themes, characters, plots, and settings
  • Connect their experiences with those of the author and/or with characters from the books
  • Support predictions, interpretations, conclusions, etc. with examples from text
  • Practice key reading skills and strategies (cause-and-effect, problem/solution, compare-and-contrast, summarizing, etc.)
  • Monitor their own comprehension
  • Discuss ideas from the book with you, the author, and other students online

Susan Cheyney

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