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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 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 treasuredOrphan, 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....

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Number of Pages : 525 Pages
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret Reviews

  • karen
    2018-12-26 14:27

    DUE TO INTERNET ADVICE/ABUSE FROM A COMPLETE STRANGER, THIS REVIEW NOW CONFORMS TO GRAMMATICAL STANDARDS AND ALL THAT JAZZ, BUT IS STILL, AT THE END OF THE DAY, A BRIEF REVIEW OF A CHILDREN'S BOOK WITH. OH, BUT I STILL WON'T CAPITALIZE LETTERS. EXCEPT HERE. BECAUSE HERE, I AM SHOUTING TO BE HEARD IN EVERY TROLL CAVE IN THE LAND. RECOGNIZE.this book represents a series of firsts: the first book i have ever borrowed from work. and the first book i read for my summer class on "children's literature". and the first 500 page book i have read in an hour. so - all good things. it's a fun book. i think i like that it is not quite a graphic novel and it is not quite a regular novel, but it is some in-between hybrid new monster of a book. it's more superficial than the arrival (which i would love to see in a 500 page version, please, shaun tan), but it's sweet and pretty and maybe i will get an A when it comes time to write my annotations for class. (see, i know capital letters exist...)DOES THIS PLEASE YOU, STRANGER-DANGER? HAVE I PASSED THE INTERNET?

  • Mohammed Arabey
    2019-01-13 14:15

    What a silly Qs!!Of course I do LOVE Books, & Sure I Want some AdventuresAnd above all I adore the magic of Cinemaلأني تذكرت معشوقتي وقت مشاهدتي لذلك الفيلم ,ثم تبعته بقراءة الرواية التي تشبه فيلما سينمائيا ساحرتذكرت مشهد نزول عادل أمام متشاجرا مع شيرين من قطار توقف بمحطة مصر الواسعة..و صدي صوت ضحكات جيم كاري كستانلي أيبكس المجنونة بينما يرتدي القناع الساحر...ونيكول كيدمان بفستانها الأسود الأنيق تقترب من بات مان فوق سطح يطل علي جوثام الرهيبة لجول شوماخر..والأشعة الزرقاء الكهربية التي صدرت من صولجان عابر الأزمنه عندما لمسه سلاحف النينجا...أو قبعه روز وهي ترفع رأسها لتري لأول مره السفينة التي ستقلها لأمريكيا وتقول "ليست ضخمه كما توقعت" بينما أنا رأيت كل ذلك ضخما, ساحرا, جميلاAnd that's why I loved Hugo..تذكرت كيف رأيت كل ذلك وأنا بعمر هوجو.. في الساحرة...السينماهذا الكتاب الساحر منقسم إلي صور سينمائية مرسومة ببساطة وجمال, وقصة خلابة ملهمةالصور بالكتاب تشعر كأنها تنقلك للسينما حقا, بدءا من فتح الستار, وبدء الصورة من لقطة بعيدة ثم تبدأ تقترب "زووم إن" حتي تدخل الأحداث في محطة القطار بفرنسا كأنك تدخلها حقا ليس في السينما فحسب وأنما في الحقيقةثم تبدأ القصة والتي تنقسم إلي جزئينالجزء لأول عن عشق الهدف في الحياةفقصة هوجو الساحرة قيمتها في البحث عن هدفك في الحياة , موهبتك التي تجعل للحياة معنيوالجزء الثاني عن عشق السينما وتكريم الرواد المنسيين لهاعن مخرج من اهم مخرجي السينما في فرنسا والعالم ,جورج ميليس ستتعرف عليه وعلي أسماء أفلامه التي خلبت خيال والد هوجو وهو في عمره مثل رحلة إلي القمر, وستشعر بالحنين للأفلام التي خلبت مخيلتك عندما كنت في عمره ايضا, سحر المؤثرات البسيطة بفيلم كلص بغداد ورحلة السندباد السابعة مثلارواية ممتازة وأخراج للكتاب أكثر من رائع بأطار جميل وسحر خاص في طبعة فاخرة جدا, أشعر أن الكتاب كشريط فيديو ينقل لي قصة بالصورة فعلا بل وهناك أيضا صور حقيقية وليست مرسومة فحسب لأشهر لقطات أفلام جورج ميليس السينمائية, وديكوراته ومؤثراته السابقة عصرها في ذلك الوقتالغريب أنه بمقارنة سعر كتاب مصور كهذا لا تجد زيادة في سعره عن الروايات العادية بنفس صفحاته.. بعكس رواياتنا التي لا تسمن ولا تغني من جوع ذات الطباعة الأقل من عادية,والتي لايضاف لها صور ألا أذا كانت طبعاتها رديئة بحجة التكلفةوأقتنيها لأن ذلك أفضل بكثير من قراءتها ألكترونيا فحسب ,فهي كعمل فني حقيقيأحيي بشدة المؤلف الرائع براين سيلزنيج لصوره الجميلة التي رسمها والروح والحب الذي رسم وكتب به تلك الفكرة لتكريم المبدع جورج ميليس بأسلوب رواي مبتكر جدا ومفاجأة الراوي بالنهاية فالرواية أبسط مايمكن قوله عنها إنها تكريم لمخرج مبدع تحول من السحر الأستعراضي إلي سحر السينماتكريم للسينما الساحرة التي زادها مخرجين كجورج ميليس سحراوتحية أخري للمخرج الرائع مارتن سكورسيزي والذي أخرج هذا الفيلم المختلف تماما عن نوعية أفلامه , فيلما في فرنسا بطولته طفل في الثانية عشر, ملئ بالسحر السينمائي والخيال والأبهار والمطاردات المثيرة التي تحاكي سحر مطارادات أفلام الثلاثينات ,فترة أحداث الفيلم تقييم الفيلم~~~~~~~ الفيلم ، الساحر..بأخراج مارتن سكورسيزي حقق تجربة سحرية اخري...تجربة سينمائية اكثر من رائعةلذلك أخترته في مقال إخترنا لكبداية من لوحته الفنية لباريسمحطة القطار...والشخصيات الثانوية بالمحطة...عامل ساعات المحطة..وكيف وصل اليه "هــوجـــو" يتيما ليجعله يقوم بالأعمال كلهاالماكينات, التروس ,الأنسان الميكانيكي الغريب الذي يحاول هوجو فك أسراره دون ان يشغله ذلك من عمله بساعات المحطةبائع الألعاب الميكانيكية غريب الأطوار,يغضب بشده عندما يجد صورة لذلك الأنسان الميكانيكي بحوذة هوجو...ويبدو لنا انه يخفي سرا ماولكن حفيدته تحاول مساعدة هوجو فك اسرار ذلك الأنسان الميكانيكي العجيب, ويبدو ان الأمر خالي من الصدف...فالحياة كما في الماكينات..كل ترس في الماكينة له دورا يؤديه...وإلا لما وجد هذا الترسمغامرات واثارة وعالم سينمائي ساحر يواجهاه سويا , في مغامرة سينمائية ساحرة وتصوير ساحر يجعلك فعلا تشعر بسحر السينما في اطار مغامرة شيقة...ساحرة سحر الواقعبالمطارادات ...الاثارة..التشويق...الباقة السينمائية الكاملةحتي يأتي الهدف من قصة الفيلم ككل , سحر السينما..كتحية واجبة وتقدير لأهم صناع السينما التي ننساهم بمرور الزمن, ننسي انه بدون ذلك الذي قام بفيلم القطار يصل للمحطة كان سببا في تطور السينماذلك الذي قام بفيلم الوصول للقمر الهب خيال الاجيال اللاحقة لتطوير ذلك السحر الخياليواذا كنا في وقت ما "جيلي والجيل السابق لي" ينبهر بالتقنيات المتواضعة لفيلم ساحر بغداد او رحلة سندباد السابعة, فأن الجيل السابق لنا انبهر بتقنيات ابسط بكثير من ذلكولكن لا أحد يقدر الأن ان تلك التقنيات كانت صعب تنفيذها في ذلك الوقت, اصعب بكثير مما يحدث الأن...ولولا هذا الشغف والجهد لما تتطور الأمرالفيلم يقدم تحية لمن قدم لنا وطور بكل امكانياته وجهده ذلك الفن الذي جعلنا نعيش عوالم اخري ومغامرات لا حصر لهاواحلام كثيرة عشناها, بعضها حتي قد يغير حياتناويمنحنا ولو قيمة صغيرة لحياتناوان كان يقول لنا فحسب...انه لا يوجد انسان خلق عبثا..فكل انسان له دور,ابحث عن دورك, ابحث عن شغفك...ولاتنس من سبقك وتاريخك..فهو من سيجعل مستقبلك افضلأحلم..وحقق حلمكلم اتخيل وانا احكم عن الفيلم ان يكون بهذه الجودة, وهذه القصه وهذه القيمة, اعتقد انه مجرد تقليد لفكرة هاري بوتر او مجرد مشاغبات طفل او اي شئ من هذا القبيل ولكنه فعلا امتعني واعجبنياعجبني ايضا تقديره للكتب والروايات والذي لم يأت من فراغفالفيلم مقتبس عن الرواية ..كما كانت أفلام جورج ميليس مقتبسة عن اساطير عظيمةرواية مصورة وفيلم رائع مبني عليها ذو هدف وقيمة تدل علي انه ليس كل ماكان رواية مصوره هي شيئا عديم الأهمية كما يري بعض الانوف الزرقاء هو فن ومن ارقي انواع الادب فعلا**********************************************************كلمة أخيرة---------اعتز بموهبتك..واحلم وحقق حلمكوارجوك قّدر من اسعدك يوما او تعلمت منه ولو قيمة ما في فيلم بينما تستطيع ان تصل له..بتعليق, بتسجيل اعجاب , بتقييم جيد, برسالةفيس بوك , تويتر , شخصيا اذا رايته في مكان عامممثل - مخرج - مؤلف - ايا كان فهذا قد يفرق معهالصوره القادمة بألف تعليق لايكتب,وانما يجب ان يشعر بهولا تنس...الحياة كالألة الضخمةلم تأتي بتروس اضافية لا لزوم لها..كل ترس بها له وظيفته وأهميتهمحمد العربيمشاهدة في 17 اكتوبر 2014قراءة الكتاب من 23 يناير 2015إلي 25 يناير 2015

  • Nat
    2018-12-30 10:07

    Twelve-year-old Hugo, orphan, clock keeper, and thief, has been keeping the clocks running in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity.But when his world suddenly interlocks with a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, an eccentric, bookish girl, 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.I've been eyeing this book for a few months now, and I was beyond excited to finally have it in my hands because of the gorgeous format it's told through.Here are a few of the many intricate and beautiful illustrations that captured me:"It's so beautiful," said Isabelle. "It looks like the whole city is made out of stars.""Sometimes I come up here at night, even when I'm not fixing the clocks, just to look at the city. I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too."I also really liked the fact that this book included stills from various films:I know what I'll be watching over the next few days...Lastly, I want to mention that I was really satisfied with that ending because:• Hugo found his happiness.• He's among family.• No unnecessary romance.• Everyone got their happily ever after (or as close to it as you can get).So I truly cannot wait to pick up more from Brian Selznick and see what's next in store.*Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying The Invention of Hugo Cabret, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!*This review and more can be found on my blog.

  • Fa Orozco
    2018-12-28 14:21

    Este libro es maravilloso. Youtube no se salva de que haga una reseña. No cualquier libro se lee en 2 horas y media por que no puedes soltarlo. Y menos si tiene 533 páginas.

  • Emily May
    2019-01-18 10:04

    3.5I admit that for a while I thought this book might be one of those children's picture books whose ratings reflect the artwork and not the story. And yeah, the artwork is pretty nifty:But as the story began to unfold and became entwined with historical events, I gradually turned my attention from the drawings to Hugo Cabret and co. The book is set in Paris in the 1930s and Hugo is an orphan who only manages to survive each day by clinging to the hope that he will one day fix the automaton his father had been working on... and that it will reveal a hidden message left to him.I had also originally thought that this book was tagged "historical fiction" because it happens to be set in the 1930s, but no, there is a real story in here that I found both interesting and educational. Parts of the book managed to achieve that which we all really want from a children's book: magical flair. But other parts fell short of it. I found the ending to be somewhat anticlimatic as well but, on the whole, it was a nice story and I really enjoyed the history lesson behind it. Rounded up to four stars because I'm feeling nice.

  • Greg
    2018-12-31 15:24

    There is something awesome feeling about getting through 400 pages of a book on an hour lunch break, and still have time to use the bathroom and punch in three minutes early. So what if the book has lots of illustrations and it's written for children, it's still a real sense of Herculean reading, even if it's not that impressive. I liked this book a lot. I considered giving it five stars. I don't read children or young adult novels so I don't have much to compare it to. The book has much more depth though than This is not a Box, or Don't Give the Cat a Cupcake or even any of the books about that troublesome pigeon who wants to drive the bus and do other things birds aren't supposed to do. This book also is so much better than the first two Harry Potter books, which I have read and didn't care for very much. This book has the a great sense of wonder that adult books like Trip to the Stars has. It also has a feeling of the greatness and mystery of books and stories in general that reading Borges can induce, but this is for kids, which is cool because it's probably good for kids to learn that books are magical and fun at a young age. The pictures that make up about half the book are an interesting device. They do help move parts of the story along, like I think the chase scenes benefit from being done entirely by pictures, reading about a boy running away from someone wouldn't have had the same 'excitement' as in the pictures. I don't know much about kids but I think that the way the book opens with almost fifty pages of pictures gives a great feeling for the book which would be much more difficult to have described for kids in only words. As I said I liked this a lot and the book made me happy that it existed in the world.

  • Manny
    2019-01-14 14:25

    I felt intimidated by the idea of reviewing Hugo Cabret, and wondered if anyone would help me. Luckily, the cast of Terry Gilliam's 1989 movie The Adventures of Baron Munchausen were delighted to come to my rescue. Here are some selected comments:The Right Ordinary Horatio JacksonI do not approve of this absurd confection, which even the most cursory glance will reveal to be utterly lacking in rationality. A small boy cannot hide in the walls of a station and tend its clocks; a clockwork automaton cannot write a lengthy novel, complete with pictures; and even the author admits that his portrait of a distinguished French film-maker is, I regret to say, entirely the product of his deplorable imagination. People who flout these elementary principles are liable to come to a very sticky end. Now I am afraid I have important business which I must attend to. Thank you and good day.Baron MunchausenYou say you are impressed by the meticulous craftsmanship, loving execution and unusual plot. I concede that my diverse adventures - trips to the Moon, routing the Turkish army, and other such trifles - have hitherto prevented me from demonstrating my own literary talents. Nonetheless, I wager that I can, within the hour, create a graphic novel which in every way is far superior to this one. If I fail, you may cut off my head. These are my terms: what are yours?Sally SaltIf I did have a brother, I wish he was like Hugo. And if I had a sister, I wish she was like Isabelle. And I think Uncle Georges is a bit like the Baron.Paris looks very pretty. Next time we go there, I won't just stay in the theater all the time.The Goddess VenusMr. Selznick, what a handsome mustache. Shall we... dance?

  • Ronyell
    2018-12-27 15:23

    Words cannot describe how much I loved this book! “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” is one of the first chapter books to win a Caldecott Medal and is cleverly written and illustrated by Brian Selznick and it is about how an orphaned boy named Hugo finds out the secrets contained in his most prized possession…a mechanical man from his dead father. “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” is clearly one of the most exciting and amazing books ever created for children!Brian Selznick has created a book that goes beyond what any children’s book has gone before. Brian Selznick has made this story extremely dramatic and exciting at the same time as it details the adventures of an orphaned boy in Paris and how he tries to uncover the mystery of the mechanical man. Brian Selznick makes the characters in this book extremely memorable, especially the main character Hugo Cabret as Hugo is shown as a boy who has a huge ambition and yet he always feels lonely and insecure when he is around other people, since he spent most of his life alone and children will easily sympathize with his situation as any child might feel a bit secluded from other people whenever they lose a loved one. Another memorable character is Isabelle, the toy maker’s daughter who is shown as being a strong heroine and she is always shown yearning for more information about life that she will not let anyone get in her way, including Hugo. Brian Selznick also makes the story extremely creative as the book is set up as two pages are filled with writing while the next few pages are full of illustrations only. Brian Selznick’s illustrations are amazingly beautiful as they are mainly in black and white colors, but the characters look so realistic that they make this book extremely beautiful to look at. The illustrations also help move the story along as there are two pages full of writing while the next four or five pages are full of illustrations that detail what happens in the story and the next few pages are full of writing again while continuing the story. Brian Selznick illustrates the characters’ expressions in such a realistic manner that ranges from shock to happiness that children will easily relate to the characters.“The Invention of Hugo Cabret” is a truly distinguished children’s book that is ahead of its time and it will always remain to be one of the best books ever created! I would recommend this book to children ages seven and up since the length of this book might bored smaller children.Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  • Kyoko SWords
    2019-01-15 11:05

    Reseña completa aquí: http://sabiouswords.blogspot.com.co/2...PRECIOSO Lo que diga sobre este libro, lo que sea, siento que no le hará justicia. Me ha fascinado su mezcal de narrativa, las ilustraciones, las fotos, TODO.La historia de Hugo me conmovió y despertó mi curiosidad por el cine. Aún ahora me pregunto por qué la docencia no usa estos libros tan maravillosos para hablar de la historia.Y no diré más porque atrasaré todos mis vídeos y reseñas para sacar inmediatamente las que estarán dedicadas a este libro. Así me ha gustado.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-01-04 11:17

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و هفتم ماه دسامبر سال 2011 میلادیعنوان: اختراع هوگو کابره؛ نویسنده: برایان سلزنیک؛ مترجم: رضی هیرمندی، تهران، نشر افق، 1389، در 280 صسبک این کتاب را «سینما رمان» رمان (کلامی تصویری) نام نهاده اند، ترکیبی غیرهمزمان از تصویر و نوشتار است، داستان نوبتی با تصویر و متن روایت میشود. ا. شربیانی

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-22 16:04

    Read this review and more on my blogIn a nutshell: The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a magical and heartwarming read that anyone could enjoy.I put off reading this book for far too long. I've yet to see the movie adaptation but I've had my eye on this book for a while. Finally, I decided to borrow it from my local library and I loved it. Shortly after reading this, I also read Wonderstruck by the same author, which was just as wonderful. It's been a few months since I read both but I can still remember how magical it was and how I fell in love with the story.The book is a chunky one at over 500 pages and it can seem daunting at first but it's actually a very quick read. A wonderful thing about this book is that the story is told through both writing and drawings. The writing style is a simple yet beautiful one, and it's easy to fly through the narrative. The majority of the book consists of illustrations that compliment the narrative beautifully. I love how they focus on particular things, by zooming in with each page, and how they take over from the narrative in various places to illustrate descriptions and events. There's overall a nice tone to the story and the breaks in the text work well. Individually, the book would have been great as a novel or graphic novel but with the two elements combined, it's fantastic. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a simple yet magical story. There's all kinds of elements to it - it's an adventure/mystery story in a historical setting with a lovely bookish and magical feel to it. It's captivating and easy to read in one sitting. I fell in love with the characters and was enthralled by the story. The Invention of Hugo Cabret was a pleasure to read and I recommend it to everyone.

  • Kathryn
    2019-01-02 15:09

    I read the entire book in a few hours this afternoon; despite being about 500 pages it only has about 26,000 words and much of the page space is taken up with interesting formatting as well as sketches that help fill in some scenes of action and emotion to move the plot forward. It's a very interesting and ingenious idea for a book, one I quite appreciated. I almost always focused on the words more than the pictures in storybooks as a child, and I suppose that remains the case here, though it was neat to see how the two were companions in this book, appearing alternately but to the same purpose. At first, I wasn't sure how "into" the book I would be; it started a bit slow and gloomy for my taste--yet gradually the mystery pulled me in, little pieces begged to be put together -- like the automaton Hugo means to assemble--I was eager to learn what picture/story Selznick would ultimatley create. I especially appreciated the elements of magic--nothing you'd find in Hogwarts, but rather the magic of the early movies and how they were the stuff that dreams are made on! *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*I skimmed through a copy at a cute, independent bookstore in Napa Valley over the weekend. It's quite the thick and lovely book. Now, a word to the wise--the book has MANY more illustrations than I expected! I was imagining a regular novel, with a sketch or two each chapter. No! Pages and pages of sketches separate chapters--they really DO help tell the story, not just in that they illustrate what is going (like children's picture books) but actually serve to progress the story without using any words... Anyway, it's a very neat idea--I just didn't want anyone to be surprised/disappointed if you were thinking the majority of the book is in traditional novel format.

  • Lora
    2019-01-09 10:16

    "The story I am about to share with you takes place in 1931, under the roofs of Paris. Here you will meet a boy named Hugo Cabret, who once, long ago, discovered a mysterious drawing that changed his life forever." So begins the introduction of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Shortly after the start of the story we learn that twelve-year-old Hugo has recently lost his father to a tragic fire.A horologist working for the city's museum, Hugo's father finds an old automaton in the museum's attic one day. Being a clock maker, his father is innately fasinated by the little man that appears to be able to write out a message if he were only restored to his former glory. Having little time on his hands, Hugo's father decides to leave it be. That is until young Hugo begs his father to fix the machine. But one fateful night when Hugo's father is trapped inside the attic a firebreaks out, thus leading to the death of Hugo's father and much regret on Hugo's part for having been the one to convince his father to fix the automaton in the first place.Determined to continue where his father left off, Hugo begins working on the automaton by night while taking care of the city's clocks by day. But in order to get the pieces he needs to properly restore the automaton, he must steal from the town's toy vendor. This leads to discoveries Hugo never could've imagined, new friendships, and a promising future for our young hero. Although he has previously illustrated other authors' works, The Invention of Hugo Cabret is Brian Selznick's first full children's novel. It contains over 280 drawings, film stills, and what Selznick is best known for, stunning illustrations such as these:Huge reminded me of Harry Potter a bit. Not in the wizardry kind of way, of course, but in the fact that they're both young, they've both lost their parents, and they're both very endearing and seem to call forth the reader's sympathy with great aptitude. They're the kind of boy you'd want to adopt and give a better life to; in other words, my favorite sort of character to read about.Hugo's story is an enchanting journey that will have readers of all ages cheering for its characters and wanting more from Selznick.If you're looking to follow up this book, the movie adaptation, simply titled Hugo, is directed by Martin Scorsese and will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray February 28, 2012.

  • Irmak
    2019-01-16 10:04

    Çok çok güzeldi!

  • Mona
    2018-12-29 16:26

    This is one of those rare books where the movie is much better than the novel.Skip the book, but do see the movie, "Hugo", which is marvelous. The audio reader's style didn't help matters. Jeff Woodman reads the book like he is narrating it to kids. Very likely that's his main audience, but his reading style is so self consciously slow and declamatory, it detracts from the story.Update 11/28/2015: I got a copy of the physical book from the library. Per the suggestions of GRers Jefferson and Judy (see comments below) I will reread and update the review accordingly. Apparently this is one book where the audiobook alone doesn't do the book justice as there are many illustrations, tricks with typesetting, etc. that are very visual.

  • Mario
    2018-12-26 16:08

    Wow.... just wow.Words can't express how much I enjoyed this book. I think it might be the best book that I read so far. Maybe not the best, but it's surely my favorite.I loved everything in it, the story, the characters, the movie pictures and the ART. I adored every single illustration this book had.I would recommend this book to literally everyone who likes reading. It was just that good.

  • Vanessa
    2019-01-03 10:30

    I wasn't sure what to make of this book at first, because I typically don't read children's or middle-grade literature, whatever category you would slot this book into. I also didn't have really any idea of what it was about, but the beauty of the book itself made me decide to give it a try - and I as not disappointed!The book follows a young orphan called Hugo Cabret, who lives inside the walls of the Grand Central station in Paris, mending clocks and stealing toy parts from a local vendor. When he is caught by the toy vendor, he becomes enveloped in a mysterious world of automatons, movies, and magic.What I loved about this book was the second part, which is where it really kicked off for me and captured my full attention. I adored the inclusion of cinema and old film photos/drawings, which was something I wasn't expecting at all, and I loved the fact that I could engage in both my love of cinema and literature while reading one book. The illustrations that Brian Selznick does himself are also really well done - they are all done in pencil, so at times it can be a little hard to see what is going on, but the facial expressions of his characters are beautiful, and he beautifully represents the streets of Paris and the busyness of the station itself.I would highly recommend everyone check this book out, even if it's not normally something you would pick up. It's a work of art, so get the physical edition, and just allow yourself to be enveloped in a magical, fun-filled story. You won't regret it.

  • Mish
    2019-01-04 08:07

    Simply the most imaginative, stunning book I have ever read. Brian Selznick is a talented artist. He uses his remarkable skill to create an incredibly beautiful and poignant story of an orphan boy, Hugo Cabret, who secretly roams the tunnels of the Paris train station, keeping the clocks in running order. He rescues an automata from a burnt down museum, in hope to restore it to its original form and to uncover its hidden message. He steals parts from a toy peddler, but eventually he’s caught and Hugo’s life takes on a drastic turn. Hugo’s journey takes us to his intricate world of clockwork mechanism, early days of cinematography and a long forgotten magician and filmmaker. Selznick combines pencil drawings, photographs and word to tell the story; in that even when the text ends, the story is still being told visually through the illustrations or photographs from when the text left off. It a book that really does stimulate the senses. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is set in 1931 Paris. It was hard to believe that I was reading a fairly recent book. It’s true to its era, I felt as if I was reading classic – old and authentic.Beautiful, magical book. I hope more books are written in this format.

  • Maggie Stiefvater
    2019-01-03 11:02

    This massive hardcover might have been worth four stars as a traditional novel, but the whimsical and cinematic illustrations absolutely push this book to a four. I read it in an evening and wished that I could've had it when I was 10 -- I would've been in hog heaven. A great middle grade novel. ***wondering why all my reviews are five stars? Because I'm only reviewing my favorite books -- not every book I read. Consider a novel's presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement. I can't believe I just said "hearty." It sounds like a stew.****

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-15 08:30

    As I was a little more that 2/3 through The Invention of Hugo Cabret when I started wondering how many stars that I would give it. At first, I was even considering giving it 3 stars, which suprised me since so many people had told me that it was amazing. I have, since settled on giving it 4 starts, because I can't really sum up my first reaction to the work as "It was amazing!" which corresponds to 5 stars. However, now that I have said that, the following criticisms that I have for it that have prevented me from giving it 5 stars err on the side of "overburdening criticism," namely that the language was somewhat stilted and the characters weren't particularly well-developed. I also may have a bias because I found Isabelle annoying when she kept insisting that Hugo was a thief and a liar and nagging him to reveal his life story. Related to this is one of the other things that I think would've made this novel better, a more complete, but subtle, address of what I think is an important lesson in the story, that people (Hugo, Isabelle, Papa George, etc.) keep secrets that isolate them from others, that keep themselves from forming deeper personal relationships. Now, after pointing out all these criticisms, let me say that, I loved this book. As it was meant, this book spoke to me through the beautiful pictures. Although I said that the language was stilted, one could argue, is it really a sticking point? If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then Brian Selznick (or, if you've read the novel, Hugo's automaton) has spoken a million words.Although the story was a familiar one insofar as it was reminiscent of a Charles Dickens rags-to-riches story, it explored the rich, largely untapped topic, at least in children's literature, of the beginnings of cinema and the wonder that it inspired. Through his illustrations, especially of the drawings of the labrynthine 1931 Paris train station and ending chase scene (As Hugo states, every movie should end in a good chase scene =), Selznick conveys this wonder, reawakens it, in an audience long accustomed to the magic of movies. Note, I chose to state that Selznick elicits wonder from his audience, not his readers. Initially, I wondered why Selznick didn't use a more standard graphic novel format until I realized, belatedly, that Selznick was using a novel to emulate film to convey the same sense of dreams made real, the feeling that Hugo and his father experienced the first, and every, time that they viewed Georges Méliès's A Trip to the Moon. Selznick succeeded beautifully; this book is a wondrous one, not only for children, but for adults as well, and also a springboard into the history of the origins of cinema.

  • Jo
    2018-12-29 10:28

    OK, Goodreads was being a twonk and ruined my life by making all of the lovely pictures that I wanted to post look dodgy and skew-whiff. So, everyone close your eyes and pretend there are pictures here.Lots of lovely pictures.More lovely pictures.Even more lovely pictures.Imagination is fun.You may wonder why I am posting so many pictures of this book for my review.“Jo!” I hear you cry. “Where are the words?”And I will reply:“Exactly. Where are the words?”I’m being clever and smart and illustrating my only problem I had with this book in my review.Does that make sense?No?Want me to use some more italics?Alright, fine. I’ll keep my italics to myself, shall I?I loved the illustrations in this book. I could quite happily get lost within them and look at them all day. In fact, I’m going to recruit Mr Selznick to join Jim Kay, Kei Acedera, Craig Thompson and Quentin Blake to paint every wall in my house.They were absolutely stunning and fit perfectly with the book’s setting and the whimsical feeling of the story.But, well, there wasn’t much of a story and I couldn’t help being a little bit disappointed because I thought I was going to have my socks blown off.However, what story there was was absolutely spectacular.While I was at uni, I studied both English Lit and Film studies, so film will always have a special place in my heart… especially the earlier ones. Looking at the pictures of the films from the dawn of cinema brought back some really great memories of studying them. It felt like I was back in my university’s library, watching French black and white films on the video players, wearing a pair of rather fetching headphones that took about six minutes to detangle from my hair.Actually, the main reason why I picked this book up at all was because I saw the trailer for the film (directed by Martin Scorsese) and I was completely enchanted. And, if that wasn’t all, I did my dissertation on Scorsese. Coincidence? Probably. I think not.So that was lovely.And so was this book, please don’t get me wrong. I think I had just set my expectations a little too high.The best way I can describe it is a love letter to art, film and magic.I just wish that ‘story’ had received just a bit more than a ps at the end.You can find this review and lots of other exciting things on my blog, Wear the Old Coat.

  • Lili
    2018-12-30 12:12

    Nu stiu cum este cartea asta pentru un copil, daca mie ca adult mi s-a parut minunata. Conceptia cartii, incepand de la coperta , supracoperta, desenele care completeaza atat de frumos povestea, paginile dintre capitole care sunt negre, deci iesite din tiparul obisnuit, totul este foarte atragator.Si povestea este una frumoasa, care te atrage, te incita si te face sa ’’inghiti’’ cu usurinta pagina dupa pagina.Este povestea lui Hugo, un copil care ramas fara parinti, ajunge in grija unui unchi, care locuia intr-o gara si se ocupa de intretinerea tuturor ceasurilor de aici. Dar puștiul va trebui sa se descurce singur, dupa ce intr-o zi unchiul nu mai ajunge acasa.Mostenind talentul tatalui sau, el se ocupa zi de zi de ceasurile garii, intorcandu-le , ungandu-le mecanismele si potrivindu-le dupa un ceas de mana ramas de la tatal sau , ceas de care avea grija sa functioneze impecabil.Dorind sa repare un om mecanic, care functiona cu mecanisme de ceasuri, automat pe care il salvase din ruinele arse ale muzeului unde lucrase si murise intr-un incendiu tatal sau, Hugo sustragea piese de la un magazin de jucarii din gara, apartinand lui Papa Georges. Acesta se dovedeste a fi celebrul realizator de filme Georges Méliès, iar automatul care ii apartinuse candva, a putut fi pus in functiune printr-o cheie cu capatul in forma de inima, pe care Isabelle, nepoata lui Méliès o sustrasese de la matusa ei, mama Jeanne.Hugo petrecuse ore in sir incercand sa repare automatul ramas de la tatal sau, punandu-si toata priceperea in joc, si sperand , ca automatul odata reparat, ii va transmite un mesaj de la tatal sau.O poveste reusita, cu final fericit, in care papa Georges , despre care lumea credea ca murise, este omagiat pentru realizarile lui la Academia de Film , in fata unui public larg, unde ii sunt alaturi sotia lui, nepoata lui Isabell, pe care o cresteau cei doi si ….bineinteles Hugo , adoptat de familia Méliès.

  • Chloe
    2018-12-31 14:13

    I received this book and upon flipping through the pages and being amazed by the art that I saw, I decided to just sit down and read the book, which I did in about an hour. A great deal of the story is made up with beautiful sketch drawings, and there are also real photographs as well as, of course, writing, which is very good writing that accompanies the art well.This is a beautiful story and tribute to Georges Méliès. I have seen the movie before and enjoyed it, but reading this book was such a lovely mixed media experience. I'd liken it to reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in terms of the the format, but a great deal more pages of this are dedicated to the pictures as they tell a big chunk of the story, almost like a graphic novel. The book itself is like a silent film, and it's quite the masterpiece. I loved it!

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2019-01-14 14:07

    Such a great book! My review can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ2cMh...

  • Jonathan Terrington
    2018-12-31 15:18

    I'm including this in graphic novels because that is probably the best description for this rather unique book. After all it's a novel consisting of many beautiful graphics and some written pages.While The Invention of Hugo Cabret is aimed mainly at a younger audience of children it appears to be the kind of perfect novel for parents as well. I can imagine a modern parent trying to interest their child in reading by sitting down and reading this work with their child. It is in many ways a modern fairy tale story and therefore I imagine a great novel for a younger audience.Even reading it now as an eighteen year old; while no longer the little trusting child who loved fairytales I still enjoyed the way Selznick constructed this volume. It was in my eyes a carefully put together piece of art. And even if I found it a little simple for my taste I still award it four stars because I appreciate the beauty of this book and moreover the fact that Selznick is creating artwork that children can enjoy. I know that if I had had this book as a seven year old I would have adored it. On the whole my verdict is that Selznick has created an informative and artistic novel that allows children access to a visually inspiring idea. Perhaps it's not as great a novel for mature adults as other children's/YA's books but it's still a grand book all the same. So I would encourage you to read this while trying to think how you would have enjoyed it as a child and if you have children to read it to them. It's not a long book despite the 500 pages because most of those pages are taken up with large print words or pictures spread across two pages. Afterword- Having just watched the movie I think it's one example where the movie does perfect justice to the book. The book's main strength is the artwork and the film takes that story and makes it a visual artwork Scorsese style!

  • Britany
    2019-01-13 08:16

    Wow- what a gorgeously magical gem of a book. I picked this up for a challenge to read a Steampunk book, and had no idea what I was getting into as I opened the cover. Part novel, part graphic novel- the illustrations conveyed strong emotion and were so beautiful. Hugo Cabret- an orphaned boy left alone in the train station to continue turning the clocks, he has to steal his food and is a mechanical genius. The book also incorporates film an automaton that draws a picture merging the past and present together. Throughout the book, I just wanted to take Hugo under my wing and hug him. This is certainly a book I would highly recommend if you haven't come across it yet, especially if you're looking for something different in your reading life.

  • Katie (Kitkatscanread)
    2019-01-19 13:22

    Actual rating : 4.5 starsThis book didn't take me long to finish.I really enjoyed this middle grade story.What got me the most was the pictures. They are so beautiful and captivating.This is one of those really good children's stories to tell your children. One day I will read it to mine...

  • Camilla
    2018-12-23 16:11

    Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge: 20. A book with a first name in the title.

  • Book Concierge
    2018-12-28 13:29

    5***** and a ❤Hugo Cabret is an orphan who lives in the Paris Train Station, taking care of the clocks as his uncle trained him to do. His secret project, though, is finishing the invention his father was working on when he died. He steals parts from a toy shop – small gears and screws and springs. But when he’s caught, he gets embroiled in an even bigger mystery. What a treasure! This inventive, unusual novel in words and pictures, won the Caldecott medal for illustration. The reader really needs to spend some time pouring over these intricate drawings, for they forward the story. The text skips from section/chapter to section/chapter, with the intricate illustrations filling in the plot. The book is intended for children, but will delight adults as well. The story of Hugo, Isabelle and Papa Georges is enthralling, and kept me guessing. But the drawings … oh, the drawings! They are rich and subtle and complex and detailed, showing incredible depth of field and use of light and shadow.It's a hefty book - some 525 pages, and the paper is thick. But it's a very fast read. The first time I read it straight through in just a couple of hours. But on this second reading I took more time to pour over the illustrations, really studying the detail. (NOTE: updated Sept 2017, after second reading)

  • Gypsy
    2019-01-09 14:17

    ایده کارو خیلی دوست داشتما، سینما رمان. داستان ساختن از نکات کور ِ تاریخی اونم به یه شکل متناقض، کلاً اختراع هوگو کابره.. اما، خیلــــی کِش دار بود به نظرم. ینی می دیدین همه طفره میرن؟ پیرزنه، پیرمرده، ایزابل، چمدونم.. فقط اتی ین مثل آدم حرف میزد. بقیه با یه جور لجبازی ِ اغراق آمیز. دیگه یه نفر، دو نفر، نه که سه نفر. :| لوس بازی های ایزابل هم رو اعصابم بود. خصوصاً در مقابل هوگو کابره که انگار یه شخصیت متعادل بود، اون خیلی لوس و بچه به نظر میرسید. در حالی که معمولاً دخترا عاقل ترن دیگه. نمدونم نویسنده اینطوری میخواست تعلیق ایجاد کنه؟ با پاس کاری کردن ِ مداوم و یکنواخت ِ شخصیت اصلی؟ از طرف دیگه، اینکه پیرمرده بعد از دیدن نقاشی و اینا یهو افتاد به بستر بیماری و تب کرد.. خیلی غلوآمیزه خب! کلاً داستان یه چنین چیزهای لوسی داشت که به ایده قشنگش لطمه زده. از طرف دیگه هم، این که من شخصاً انتظار داشتم نشانه بیشتری از بابائه هوگو ببینم. نویسنده طوری ما رو هدایت کرد که قراره هوگو در مورد پدرش چیزی بفهمه. اما نه تنها ما رو ناامید کرد که خود ِ شخصیت اصلاً به نظر نمی اومد که اهمیت قائل شده باشه برای این موضوع! همه این کارا رو کرد تا پیام پدرشو بفهمه. ولی مسیر داستان عوض شد و خیلی هم شیک، هوگو باهاش هم ساز شد! آخرشم برا اینکه تلاش و نبوغ و مهارت هوگو کتمان نشه، شعبده باز شد.