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The Invention of Hugo Cabret [Special Edition] [Hardcover]

Brian Selznick
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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6 Oct 2008
ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlock with an eccentric girl and her grandfather, Hugo's undercover lfe, 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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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Gift edition with DVD edition (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407105043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407105048
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.2 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caledcott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian Selznick lives in Brooklyn, New York and San Diego,California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow? 22 May 2008
At my grand old age of 16, people questioned me immediately when I picked up this book at the school library. Actually, when I reserved it (3 day loan, yet 6 week wait- it is very popular!) Littered with pictures and amounting to just 30000 words (there is a word count!) the complexity of such a book is questionable, particularly for someone of my age group. What is immediately striking though is that any previous doubts will be immediately dispelled, the moment you lay eyes on the first illustration; an artistic masterpiece in itself that filled me with envy. It really is the case that a picture can tell a thousand words. Occasionally 20 pages go by with just solid artistic brilliance and the brain registers it completely as a story, as if words were accompanying these images. The nature of this story telling makes it totally suitable for a member of any age group. A child of little imagination could truly envisage the city of Paris springing to life from these pictures, where as an adult could look into the subtleties of the world dipicted through the drawings. It really is delightful.

In the city of paris in the 20th Century a boy, Hugo Cabret, whose mind is geared to repairing anything, is essentially left to fend for himself. He has a goal though, and that is to repair a mysterious automaton that looks as if it could be the key to writing a secret note. It was his father's desire to see what is written, but now it is down to Hugo Cabret to finish the job. Oddly this storyline isn't the most major plot in the book. Despite the considerably short length, this is only a small section of the story, which later on, evolves into a novel that takes some of real history and twists of fiction and gives a beautiful insight in the history of cinematography.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Page Turner 5 Jun 2007
Fans of thrilling books are fond of calling them "page turners." Why? Because you can hardly wait to see what happens next. Those are the books that keep you up late at night to get to the end.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret delivers a whole new kind of pager turner, one where you not only want to see what happens next . . . but where the act of turning the page often gives you powerful glimpses into the story. How? Hand-drawn images tell a story in motion using many motion picture techniques (close-ups, fades, and pans). A sequence of images might go on for 40 pages (as the opening sequence does) before providing any dialogue. Unlike a graphic novel, there is no dialog or narration on the images. Since you don't know if the next turn of a page will reveal an image or text, you also have that extra dimension of surprise. The other difference from the traditional page turner is that this book won't take you that long to read. It's more like the duration of a motion picture than of reading a 525 page novel. So don't let the book's bulk intimidate you.

The story takes place in the early days of the Depression in Paris. Hugo Cabret is a 12-year-old boy who loses his parents and is taken in by his uncle, a timekeeper in a railway station. The uncle makes Hugo do all of the work, but won't even feed Hugo who has to turn to stealing in order to eat. When the uncle disappears, Hugo is left to fend for himself. But Hugo has a dream. He will repair an automaton (an early type of robot) that he rescued from a museum fire. Part of his thievery is aimed at taking parts from a tiny toy store in the station to help rebuild the automaton. One day Hugo is caught! That capture sets new wheels in motion that will change the lives of the key characters permanently.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE AFTER HARRY POTTER 14 Dec 2007
By K. Aziz
When I first discovered this book I wasn't that impressed, I can remember my dad showing it to me at the book shop, I had a quick look inside and saw some pictures in black and white and thought, 'NAH!! THIS IS NOT MY KIND OF BOOK!! and walked away.

However my dad went ahead and purchased it for me. I reluctantly picked up the book and to started to read the first chapter and to my amazement I found it to be extremely interesting. This story is well written and the illustrations complimented the story telling process. I was genuinely surprised that I read a book that was about CLOCKS!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and for me it is right up there with the Harry Potters series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugo is the best 10 Feb 2012
By Wpdees
I chose this book because a new film had come out about Hugo Cabret and the book was in the library.
It's an adventure story.
The story is set in 1931, in Paris.
The characters are Hugo, Isabelle, Georges Méliès (Papa Georges), Etienne, René Tabard and Mama Jeanne (Madame Méliès).
There are 284 pages of pictures. Don't think that the book has too many pages.
It's all about a great mystery in the gears of a great machine man that Hugo found in the place his dad had died.
I think it's a very good book because I am nine and very fussy about books and this is the best.
I would recommend this book to a friend.
I would read other books by Brian Selznick.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it 4 Nov 2010
By Pete
What a nice book. I've never seen anything quite like this and it should appeal to any child (and probably adults too) because it combines copious illustrations interspersed with written text. In fact the majority of pages are illustrations. At the moment this book seems to be a fairly well kept secret and it's not widely stocked in bookshops, but expect that to change when the film version gets released towards the end of 2011. It's a nice story too....
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My grandson loves this book, he liked the film but the book is better. the service particularly at Christmas was great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an experience!
This book is extraordinary. It is so beautiful and such a wonderful multi-sensory experience to read. This is a book to treasure absolutely!
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I decided to read this book because I was intrigued about a description I read online. It said that the book was part story/part black and white movie. Read more
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