Book Review: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick

Hey guys! I’m back with another book review..but this book is super quick. It’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick. Let’s go.IMG_0941

More than 50% of this book is black and white pictures/illustrations that help tell the story. It is a 500 page book though but I still finished it within 2 days.

It happens to be about a boy named Hugo who lives in a train station. His father used to maintain and do maintenance on the clocks all the over the station but his father died in a now it’s just him. Hugo isn’t suppose to be living in the station alone, it’s total secret.

He doesn’t have money for food so he ends up stealing food and stealing from a toy maker/seller in the station. One day he gets caught by the man and he takes his notebook. That notebook was special to was his father’s and it has drawings for how to put together an automaton.

While walking outside the station one day, he noticed a girl up in the house where the old man lived. She came down and talked Hugo, he needed her to find the notebook..she sort of agreed too.

The next day when Hugo was in the station the old man, told him to start fixing the toys he had broken by stealing and maybe he would get the notebook back.

Throughout the book, the girl ends up finding the notebook..but then Hugo needed a key..the girl Isabella had the key around her neck so he stole it.

Between him and Isabella they end up getting the automaton working and it produces drawings..not a letter from his father like Hugo though it would.

At the end of the book, it turns out the draws the automaton produced were the old mans from movies that old man made but gave up on and never wanted them to be part of them again.

This was a very interesting book. I liked how the pictures told the story as well and not just all words. It’s a little tricky reviewing this book though be of the pictures..and I didn’t want to give much away because it’s a quick read.

Chat later!

  • Liz




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