The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

A Novel in Words and Pictures

Book - 2007
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When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780439813785
Characteristics: 533 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Dec 20, 2017

Once again a wonderful book by Brian Selznick. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a heartfelt book with visionary illustrations. We (everyone who liked the book) hope you write more Brian Selznick!!!

JCLTamiT Nov 07, 2017

One of the best books I've ever read, and I think it's fantastic for all ages. Kids, don't be put off by the large size. It's mostly pictures. Adults, don't be put off by it being mostly pictures (and in the kids section). It's a story worth reading. The art makes you feel like you are watching a film, and the historical details are woven into a clever story.

stplchildren Aug 03, 2017

This book is beautiful- the writing, the detailed illustrations, and the story. I enjoyed reading it again for the 2017 Battle of the Books at our library.

AL_ZOEY Aug 12, 2016

This book is fantastic, simply wonderful. Selznick does a wonderful job creating a book full of awe and magic. The illustrations are engaging and incredibly detailed, and the words are economic (not one extra word used). This work of fiction is also a great example of a book inspired by historical events, and it makes me want to read all of the source material.

Jul 25, 2016

I am absolutely in love this book and the next. The first I read this was in third grade and now, six years later, it still doesn't lose my interest.

Jul 20, 2016

This was a fantastic and excellent book. The author really puts details into the book that make you want to read more and give you a vivid image, and the pictures definitely match the visualization you have in your mind. It's a unique book and it's a great read for someone who wants to expand their horizons but wants to guarantee they'll still get a good read. I'd also recommend it to schools who want to challenge their kids past the basic novels. I would rate this book a 4/5 stars for its awesome story line and unique aspect.
- @reviewguard of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Little 12 year old Hugo Cabret becomes an apprentice clock keeper under his uncle who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station after his parents tragically die in a house fire. The young boy learns to maintain every one of the station’s clocks. When his uncle goes mysteriously missing one night he’s left with the task of taking over the job so no one knows he’s gone. After Hugo recovers a final link to his family when searching the ashes of his old home, he begins his mission to repair the delicate machine which holds in itself a mystery. This book by size comparison might seem intimidating but in actuality over half the pages are beautiful illustrations. However by no means are these illustrations just to look at as once reading you’ll find yourself quickly flipping through them in suspense and you’ll begin to feel as if the novel is becoming a motion picture film. Overall The Invention of Hugo Cabret is an incredibly creative and immersive piece of literature which combines it’s illustrations to tell a mysterious story in which you’ll easily find yourself in the busy French train station with him. I recommend this novel to readers of all ages as even older readers will find the creativity and mystery enjoyable. If you end up like this style of writing I would definitely encourage you to check out other books written by Selznick.
- @magicsoup of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 13, 2016

The Invention of Hugo Cabret is an amazing book for young readers. Or readers of any age, I couldn't put it down!

Jun 13, 2016

It's more than 500 pages but it only took me 4 or 5 hours to read because of all the pictures, not that I'm complaining or anything.

Oct 29, 2015

that is amazing... the first word is on the 41 page....

Aug 04, 2015

one of the BEST books i have ever read. Read it in a day!

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Jul 25, 2016

One word. Clocks. That is the one word that revolves around Hugo's mind all day everyday. after the accident, he was forced to fend for himself. However, he still tries to fix what his father failed to do himself.

Jul 10, 2016

This book is about a boy whose father dies in a fire, and then his mean uncle who drinks takes him to work with him in the train station. One day his uncle never comes back. Hugo Cabret becomes friends with a girl and her grandfather, and while that goes on Hugo is working on a automaton(robot). I will not say anymore. You will just have to read it yourself!!! ;)

Dec 15, 2015

Good morning everybody,today is a special because I’m going to tell you the story of “The Invention Of HUGO CABRET”.

The story begins in Paris where there was a boy named Hugo who lived in the station and he fixed clocks every day,Hugo stole toys from an old man.

One day the old man caught Hugo when he was stealing a toy from the old man’s toy booth,then the old man told Hugo to empty his pockets.

The old man saw a notebook in Hugo’s pockets he took that notebook from and told him that he’s going to burn it,Hugo got mad so he followed the old man to the old man’s house.

When they were there,Hugo saw a girl looking at him.

She told him that she’s going to bring him his notebook back from the old man which he adopted her.

Hugo went back to the station and he went to the clocks and there was something covered up Hugo uncovered it and guess what it was,it was an automaton.

Hugo’s father left it for him before he died.

The next morning Hugo went to the old man and told him to give him his notebook back,but the old man gave Hugo something covered Hugo took it and opened it but it was only ashes Hugo got so mad and angry that he went back to the clocks .

Remember that girl that I told you about her name is Isabelle,she told Hugo to come to the bookstore this afternoon.

They met each other there Isabelle told Hugo not to worry about his notebook because it’s not burned.

The old man told Hugo that he has to work in his toy booth so he could give him his notebook back.

Hugo told the old man that he would work in his booth as long as he wants but the old man have to give him his notebook back as soon as possible.

Isabelle told Hugo to come to the bookstore tomorrow.

Hugo met Isabelle at the bookstore Isabelle was there she saw Hugo and her old friend and his name is Etienne.

Hugo borrowed a book about magic from the bookstore he wanted to learn about magic that’s why he borrowed that book.

Isabelle told Hugo to meet at the movie theater to watch a movie and Etienne is going to sneak them into the theater.

The manager of the theater saw them in there and he kicked them out,Hugo and Isabelle ran as fast as they could but Isabelle fell down and a key came out of Isabelle’s neck but she tucked it back inside her dress.

Hugo told her where did she get that key from but Isabelle didn't answer him.

The next day Isabelle got Hugo’s notebook back but the old man thought that Hugo stole it.

The old man told Hugo to never come back to his toybooth but Isabelle wanted to give Hugo his notebook back Hugo quickly ran to Isabelle and hugged her so he can steal her key with his magic trick so he can use it for the automaton so it can work,after stealing Isabelle’s key Hugo went back to the clocks so he can use the key .

Isabelle found out that Hugo stole her key she went right after him Hugo was putting the key when Isabelle comes in really quickly,and she started fighting with him while the automaton kept drawing finally the automaton finished drawing he signed a name and that name was Isabelle’s grandfather ……….

A lot of things happened after that,I didn't put all the details in there so that’s why you should read that check it out right here:

Jul 02, 2014

This book tells about a boy how lives in the walls and his sad life and the good thing is he got adopted at the end:]

Mar 31, 2013

There's a 12 year old boy living in the train station where his uncle worked, where he has taken that job over. His life takes a different path after being caught attempting to steal from a toy booth. He has no one to turn to, but people who are willing to help him.

Feb 11, 2013

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is about an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station where his survival depends on secrets. Soon his world suddenly changes when he meets an eccentric girl and a strange old man who runs a toy booth,Hugos undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.

Feb 08, 2013

Taking place in Paris 1931, Brian Seilznick's "Hugo Cabret" is a story full of mysterie and suspense.To start you off,Hugo and his father had found a brocken Automatone,and sense those were such valuables, Hugo and his father had taken it in and tried to fix it. During this adventure, Hugo's father died in a fire forcing him to live alone in a clock, in a train station. Hugo then was dedicated to fix that automatone for he felt a meesage from his father would be left for him. Soon after, Hugo meets a girl named Isabelle who happens to own the one thing that would actually fix the automatone as well as being the god-daughter of Georges Melies who is not exactly fond of Hugo. Eventually the Auto. is fixed but Hugo and Isabelle discover that Georges Melies wasa famous filmmaker. At first, Georges Melies was alarmed, but was compforted and then adopted Hugo.
The End

Feb 06, 2013

Hugo Cabret lives in a clock at the train station. He must steal his food but he must steal something else; parts from a toy booth to fix a mechanical man. With the help of Isabelle and Gorges Melies he may be able to solve this mystery, but Hugo must hide from the Station Inspector so he does not get caught and get sent to an orphanage.

Feb 06, 2013

Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is a suspensful, thrill seeking mystery of loss and hope set in the 1930's.An orphan, Hugo, secretly oils the clocks in a Paris train station. Ever since Hugo's father died in a tragic fire, Hugo has been destined to find out the message of his deseased fathers automaton. To find out this message, Hugo must set out to find the key that holds everything for the hope of the past, present, and the future. Will Hugo finally find out what has been haunting all this time, or will he be dreaded by the truth? Read the book to find out!

Feb 06, 2013

In the beginning of the book Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick,Hugo lives in a paris train station.And Hugo wants to fix his automaton,but the old man(Georges Mélies) takes his notebook which told hugo how to fix the hugo works for the old man long enough until he gives hugo his notebook.

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Jul 19, 2016

“Maybe that's why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn't able to do what it was meant to do...Maybe it's the same with people," Hugo continued. "If you lose your's like your broken.”

cals_Leah Oct 05, 2015

“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.”

Jul 29, 2014

“Sometimes I come up here at night...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.” - Hugo Cabret, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Mar 31, 2013

"Hugo quickly realized he had to make it seem like his uncle was still around. He would keep the clocks running as precisely as possible, and he'd take his uncle's paychecks from the office when no one was looking (although he didn't know how to cash them)."

Nov 03, 2009

Hugo looked around. At first he didn't see anyone else in the shop, but then, like a mermaid rising from an ocean of paper, the girl emerged across the room. She closed the book she had been reading and motioned for Hugo to come over.


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