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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret has been described as ‘a true masterpiece’, ‘complete genius’ and by one journalist in the States, as ‘the most extraordinary book I’ve ever come across’. Set in Paris in the 1930s the book follows the story of a boy called Hugo, but what sets it apart from everything else on the bookshelves is the innovative reading experience created by the author between illustrations and text. With nearly 300 pages of hand drawn full bleed illustrations, the story is told through pictures and words, like an old silent movie. It’s a captivating package, part work of art, part thrilling novel, part movie. It is truly one of a kind. Tender, magical, utterly original, this is a stunning tour de force from an innovative and daring storyteller and artist. A book to treasure, to dip in and out of forever whether you’re 9 or 109.

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Paris, 1931. Orphan, clock keeper and thief, Hug lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks – like the gears of the clocks he keeps – with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

Reviews

‘A wonderful book – entertaining, interesting and beautiful, it stands out for me as one of the finest of the year.. it’s superb, I loved it.’ Publishing News

‘Wonderful. A captivating work of fiction full of twists and surprises’ New York Times

‘From Selznick’s ever-generative mind comes a uniquely inventive story…exquisitely chosen art sequences’ Kirkus Reviews

‘Takes the illustrated novel to a whole new level’ Booklist

‘A true masterpiece – an artful blend of narrative, illustration and cinematic technique, for a story as tantalising as it is touching’ Publishers Weekly

‘A bounty of mystery and incident…the interplay between the illustrations and text is complete genius’ The Horn Book

About the Author

Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator and New York Times bestselling author Brian Selznick graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with the intention of becoming a set designer for the theater. However, after spending three years selling books and designing window displays for a children’s bookstore in Manhattan, he was inspired to create children’s books of his own. His books have received many awards and distinctions, including a Caldecott Honor for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and a Robert F. Sibert Honor for When Marian Sang.

Brian Selznick travels extensively to research his books. He spent six months in Washington, D.C., for Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, he traveled to England for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and he visited Walt Whitman’s childhood home in West Hills, New York, for Walt Whitman: Words for America. More recently, Brian visited the city of Paris three times to research his newest book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Brian lives in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st October 2007

Author

Brian Selznick

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Publisher

Scholastic

Format

Hardback
534 pages

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781407103488

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