Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Orphan Hugo Cabret lives in a wall. His secret home is etched out in the crevices of a busy Paris train station. Part-time clock keeper, part-time thief, he leads a life of quiet routine until he gets involved with an eccentric, bookish young girl and an angry old man who runs a toy booth in the station. The Invention of Hugo Cabret unfolds its cryptic, magical story in a format that blends elements of picture book, novel, graphic novel, and film. Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Brian Selznick has fashioned an intricate puzzle story that binds the reader like a mesmerist's spell.
Wonderful. One word to describe this book. I have a feeling that this book is going to be bought in the near future and not only for myself, but also for my older sister. I read about this book at one of my favourite beautiful blogs Kiss a cloud when I was browsing her reviews, added it to my tbr list and then totally forgot about it. I know. Shame on me for not thinking about it earlier. But then I saw the book translated on a shelf at the library. Immediately my thoughts went to the review and I picked it up.
The book is part illustrations (drawings) and part writing. The illustrations are gorgeous. Truly I wished I could draw like that. When the writing stopped, the illustration went on with the story. It was like a short movie that you where watching. I adore the illustrations where you could see the eyes of Hugo, you could see the emotions he felt trough it.
Now on to the story. The story was cute and suspenseful. Hugo Cabret is an orphan, whose dad died during his shift at night. His uncle had the custody of Hugo and he went home with him. Unfortunately his uncle couldn’t take care of Hugo and left him alone. Hugo needed to take care of himself, so he did the only thing he could do, steal. Hugo had to grow up fast and it was sad to see this. The boy’s character was brave, very lonely and had a lot of secrets. When he discovers the invention his dad worked on, his whole life changes.