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Book Review - the Invention of Hugo Cabret

For this week's book review, I'll be focusing on one of my childhood favourites, The Invention of Hugo Cabret! This historical fiction book written and illustrated by Brian Selznick uses a combination of illustrations and text to tell one linear story.


Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo's job is to oil and maintain the station's clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and notebook left to him by his late father. Accompanied by the goddaughter of an embittered toy merchant, Hugo embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of the automaton and find a place he can call home.


An amazing story that's perfect for children ages 8+, older readers may find it a bit juvenile;



This book was adapted into a film in 2011 called Hugo. It was directed by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese and stars Asa Butterfield as titular character Hugo Cabret. The film won an Oscar at the 2012 Academy Awards for production design, cinematography, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing and currently holds a 93% rating on rotten tomatoes.

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