Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

I first came across Brian Selznick’s work last year one afternoon at work. I was browsing through the books at works to see which book caught my attention. I stopped in the “S” and the book Wonderstruck might attention. The spine of the book was huge and I wanted to see what the book was about. Okay let me fast forward and tell you, if you have not done some you definitely need to read Selznick’s books! Selznick’s writes beautiful young adult stories that transport us back in time and in the present. He has a unique way of storytelling. Plus, his illustrations are beautiful pages of artwork.

It’s been a few years since I have been meaning to read The Invention of Hugo Cabret, but for some reason or another, it simply had not happened until two weeks ago. I was not aware that Selznick wrote this book. The story is about an orphan, clock keeper, and thief, a young boy by the name of Hugo. Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. As to why he is living in the train station, well I will not ruin the story for you. I feel like this story is told through words and through the illustrations. So I recommend you take your time observing each page. Do I recommend this book? Absolutely. It took me about two days to finish the book. Don’t be intimidated by the size of the book. Once you read The Invention of Hugo Cabret read the other stories by Selznick. All his books are true masterpieces.

Book reviewed by Raisa

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