The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick
Genre: Adventure, Middle Grade
This was a very lovely read and exactly what I needed right now. I’ve read one of Selznick’s other books, Wonderstruck, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret was most definitely at par, if not better, than that. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Brian Selznick’s books, I’ll explain a little about the format that they take. The stories are made up of a combination of words and sketchy-pencil effect illustrations which is essentially like an unconventional graphic novel. In this particular novel, we follow Hugo, a 12 year old boy in Paris, 1931 who lives with his mean Uncle Claude who has him help with the changing of the 27 clocks of the train station twice a day. However, Hugo doesn’t really mind doing this as it gives him the opportunity to play around with the cogs and gears that help to feed his inventive brain that he inherited from his father. The only remnant of his father that Hugo possesses is his notebook so when a cruel old toy-shop owner takes it off him, Hugo works hard to get it back, discovering an awful lot along the way.