June 2014 Book Reviews

Book Review: The Invention of Hugo Cabret


Author: Brian Selznick
Pages: 534
Published: April 1, 2007
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Sequential Art, Fantasy, Mystery
Rating: 5/5

Absolutely fantastic.

Hugo Cabret was learning how to fix clocks from his father until an unfortunate accident took his father from him. Hugo was then taken to live with his uncle and learn to be an apprentice clock worker. He stayed in the train station his uncle worked at and continued winding the clocks even after his uncle had disappeared.

Hugo and a little girl named Isabelle begin an adventure to discover what Isabelle’s godfather is keeping from her and why the automata that Hugo’s father had been obsessed with fixing had some connection to her godfather.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was beautifully illustrated and a very quick read. Brian Selznick did an excellent job of telling the story of Hugo as he found himself and became a magician.



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