The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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 — like the gears of the clock he keeps — 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. With 284 pages of original drawings, and combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Brian Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience. Here is a stunning, cinematic tour de force from a boldly innovative storyteller, artist, and bookmaker.


This book was a good book. It was like an older kids version of a picture book, with pages of drawing as well as a good story. Everything about this book was intriguing and I finished this book in a day. Seeing the drawings and then reading the chapters made the story come to life.

I have not read any other books by Brian Selznick or any other books like this one. This most definitely is a one of a kind book. Even though I am an adult, I still enjoyed this book. I will recommend this book to my younger teenage siblings.

I most definitely recommend this book, especially to youths who enjoy a good story filled with adventure and a little bit of mystery.

Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Author: Brian Selznick

Author’s Website:

Reading Resolution 21: Read a youth fiction book.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.


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