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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 ...Show synopsisORPHAN, 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.Hide synopsis
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.
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.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a great story. The story is told in a mix of pictures and words; it might be difficult to follow the story without the pictures. The illustrations are beautiful and extremely detailed.
As a teacher of students who struggle with reading, finding the right book to capture their interest and illustrate that reading is worth making the effort to master, can be daunting. The Invention of Hugo Cabret filled these requirements beyond my expectations. To a person, my 8 fifth graders were eager, actually passionate, about our read-aloud sessions. And, after we had read only part of it, the students spontaneously created a borrowing list so they could take it home to read it. This has NEVER happened before. When we finished the book, several students said, "Hugo Cabret is the best book ever!"
When I show Hugo Cabret to the adults in my life, they all are intrigued and plan to read it. You have to see this book to truly appreciate it. The story is a quick read but the pictures require time. Each one is a masterpiece.
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