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 ...
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.
Selznick's book is wonder to fall into. It actually tells the story in both words and pictures. NOT illustrations of the story, but the great pencil drawings ARE the story, for about half the book! If you have seen the film - I believe that the 'look' was directly taken from the wonderful images, themselves. This is a good book for adults and children alike. Highly recommended.
Oct 9, 2014
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In the picturesque town of Paris, we find a young orphan, Hugo Cabret, working at a railway station. Following in the path of his family, he works as a clock master at the station, and he endlessly tinkers with the innerworkings of machines. At the young age of six, he could fix toys, clocks, and anything with gears inside. Now armed with his late father's notebook of scribbles and notes, he intends to take on his biggest project ever... fixing a very special automaton.
As Hugo struggles to survive on his own, trying to remain unseen while keeping the railway's clocks ticking, an old toymaker, whose booth is nearby, intervenes -- he and his god-daughter, Isabelle. And the very thing that Hugo needs the most is stolen from him. On his search to take it back, he and his new friend uncover a secret, long since buried, that will capture and warm the hearts of many.
In the age of black-and-white movies, film reels, train whistles, wind-up clocks, and other special trinkets and gadgets of long ago... you'll discover wonderment right alongside Hugo Cabret.
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(By the by, the audiobook version is of fantastic quality. It has extra sound effects that add so much character to the listening of the book.)
Jan 13, 2012
Different take on the typical
Somewhat predictably typical children's story that portrays an abandoned talented child versus the world of the obtuse, sometimes abusive and misguided adult of the past century, but who eventually comprehend the scope of the child's situation and a happy ending ensues. Part of the story is in pictures, which makes it nice for children and unusual that it is in black and white very good pencil drawings.
Mar 11, 2010
Great book, I bought it for my grandaughter and I was reading from it every night, she became so interested that, started reading it by herself.
Jan 4, 2010
The curtains open and you are in Paris, France and you meet a young boy named Hugo Cabret, who is trying to keep a secret from the people that are surrounding him. Hugo is a twelve year old boy that lives in a train station and sets the clocks every day. Hugo meets Isabelle and Papa Georges within the train station in the most unforgettable place. The characters will become almost lifelike and seem like your own friends. These characters will go through some journeys through their friendship and it will make you wonder what will happen as you turn the page.
This book has a very unique style to it. The book is over 500 pages long, which I wasn?t sure about at first, but then I quickly discovered this book drags you in when you start reading it. The book has a lot of pictures and it also has text when the pictures just do it justice. This book is part wordless book, part textual book, and it makes you think that you are at a movie theater watching the book play out right in front of you. When you are finished with the book you will continue to ask for more. Brain Selznick, the author of this wonderful book, did a great job with putting this book together. His pictures are so brilliant. The pictures are all in black and white and it really makes the book come to life. What I really enjoyed about this book was you are reading text about how Hugo found something and then the next page is a picture of what he had found. Then the following page is about why that is important. I really enjoy that the book is place in a way that you read but you can also see the actions unfold in front of your eyes.
I would highly recommend this book for any adult and older child. This book lets your imagination run wild and you right in Hugo?s shoes. You just can?t wait to turn the page to see what will happen next to this young boy. This book is divided into two sections and when you finish the first section you can?t help but start the last section! I didn?t realize how captivated I got with this book until it was finished. There aren?t many books that I would want to keep rereading but this is one book I would reread over and over again. When I finished the book I couldn?t believe it was over, it completely captivated every part of me, and left me there filled with wonder of what would continue to happen if the story kept going. The characters seemed to be alive and it seemed as if you were part of the story. I have never seen a book put together like this, and I do think Brain Selznick stepped up the bar for all children?s books. I think it would be hard to outdo this book.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-03-12 Selznick's unique, visually arresting illustrated novel is transformed into an equally unique audiobook-plus-DVD presentation here. The story of 12-year-old Hugo Cabret-orphan, clockmaker's apprentice, petty thief and aspiring magician-and how a curious machine connects him with his departed father and pioneering French filmmaker Georges Melies is full-bodied material for Woodman. The narrator dives in, reading with both a bright energy and an air of mystery-befitting the adventurous plot. Listeners will likely cotton to Woodman's affable tone and be fascinated by all the unusual elements here, including the sound-effects sequences (footsteps, train station noises) that stand in for Selznick's black-and-white illustrations, which appear like mini-silent movies in the book. Selznick himself takes over as host on the making-of style DVD, in which he divulges his love of film and his inspiration for the book, discusses (and demonstrates) his drawing technique and even performs a magic trick. The "chapters" of his interview are interspersed with excerpts from the audiobook, as he explains how the recording was a translation of both his words and pictures to sound. This inventive audio-visual hybrid will be a welcome addition to both home and classroom libraries. Ages 9-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-01-01 Here is a true masterpiece-an artful blending of narrative, illustration and cinematic technique, for a story as tantalizing as it is touching. Twelve-year-old orphan Hugo lives in the walls of a Paris train station at the turn of the 20th century, where he tends to the clocks and filches what he needs to survive. Hugo's recently deceased father, a clockmaker, worked in a museum where he discovered an automaton: a human-like figure seated at a desk, pen in hand, as if ready to deliver a message. After his father showed Hugo the robot, the boy became just as obsessed with getting the automaton to function as his father had been, and the man gave his son one of the notebooks he used to record the automaton's inner workings. The plot grows as intricate as the robot's gears and mechanisms: Hugo's father dies in a fire at the museum; Hugo winds up living in the train station, which brings him together with a mysterious toymaker who runs a booth there, and the boy reclaims the automaton, to which the toymaker also has a connection. To Selznick's credit, the coincidences all feel carefully orchestrated; epiphany after epiphany occurs before the book comes to its sumptuous, glorious end. Selznick hints at the toymaker's hidden identity (inspired by an actual historical figure in the film industry, Georges Melies) through impressive use of meticulous charcoal drawings that grow or shrink against black backdrops, in pages-long sequences. They display the same item in increasingly tight focus or pan across scenes the way a camera might. The plot ultimately has much to do with the history of the movies, and Selznick's genius lies in his expert use of such a visual style to spotlight the role of this highly visual media. A standout achievement. Ages 9-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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