The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick's lavishly illustrated debut novel is a cinematic tour de force not to be missed! ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the 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.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • CD-Audio | 3 pages
  • 128.52 x 179.83 x 19.56mm | 158.76g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0545003636
  • 9780545003636
  • 154,511

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Awards and Praise for The Invention of Hugo Cabret 2008 Caldecott Medal winner
National Book Award Finalist
#1 New York Times Bestseller
New York Times Best Illustrated Book
Los Angeles Times Favorite Children's Book of the Year
TIME Magazine's 100 Best Children's and Young Adult Books of All Time "Evokes wonder . . . like a silent film on paper." -- The New York Times "A fast-paced treat." -- People Magazine "Distinctive."-- The Wall Street Journal "Cinematic."-- Parenting Magazine "Captivating."-- Los Angeles Times Book Review "If your kid loves the J.K. Rowling series, then [they are] bound to enjoyThe Invention of Hugo Cabret. . ."-- Good Housekeeping * "A true masterpiece."-- Publishers Weekly, starred review * "Fade to black and cue the applause!"-- Kirkus, starred review * "Complete genius."-- Horn Book, starred review * "Breathtaking . . . shatters conventions."-- School Library Journal, starred review * "An original and creative integration of art and text."-- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review "Visually stunning . . . raises the bar." -- San Antonio Express-News
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About Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick's books have garnered countless accolades worldwide, and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He is the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Invention of Hugo Cabret, adapted into Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning movie Hugo; and Wonderstruck, adapted into the eponymous movie by celebrated filmmaker Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Selznick; as well as the New York Times bestsellers The Marvels and Baby Monkey, Private Eye. Most recently, he illustrated the 20th anniversary paperback edition covers of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.
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Rating details

136,754 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 48% (65,329)
4 33% (45,377)
3 15% (20,173)
2 3% (4,261)
1 1% (1,614)

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In the picturesque town of Paris, we find a young orphan, Hugo Cabret, working at a railway station. Following in the path of his family, he works as a clock master at the station, and he endlessly tinkers with the innerworkings of machines. At the young age of six, he could fix toys, clocks, and anything with gears inside. Now armed with his late father's notebook of scribbles and notes, he intends to take on his biggest project ever... fixing a very special automaton. As Hugo struggles to survive on his own, trying to remain unseen while keeping the railway's clocks ticking, an old toymaker, whose booth is nearby, intervenes -- he and his god-daughter, Isabelle. And the very thing that Hugo needs the most is stolen from him. On his search to take it back, he and his new friend uncover a secret, long since buried, that will capture and warm the hearts of many. In the age of black-and-white movies, film reels, train whistles, wind-up clocks, and other special trinkets and gadgets of long ago... you'll discover wonderment right alongside Hugo Cabret. Go on. READ THIS BOOK. (By the by, the audiobook version is of fantastic quality. It has extra sound effects that add so much character to the listening of the book.)show more
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