The Invention of Hugo Cabret
What You Need to Know:|
• This is an extraordinary story. It is told uniquely through illustration and text.
• The reader will move quickly through story, because of illustrations, even though its a hefty 544 pages.
• The mild concerns rating is because the protaganist, Hugo, is orphaned, living alone in a train station, after his
guardian, an abusive uncle, dies. Might be too scary for a young reader.
• The story is a fast-paced mystery, even the most reluctant readers will stay interested. Boys and girls will both
• This book is impressive looking. It is perfect for an older, struggling reader, as the illustrations would be a reprieve
from too much text.
• Great book to read aloud with an older child.
• Great book to give as a gift.
• It has been announced Martin Scorsese will be making this book into a film.
The story is set in 1930's Paris, where 12 year old Hugo is orphaned and living alone in a train station beneath the streets of Paris. His father has died and his abusive, guardian uncle has disappeared. The story chronicles Hugo's struggle to survive, to understand his heritage and ultimately finding his new place in the world, with a new family. During Hugo's struggle he must steal to survive and must unlock secrets left behind by his late father. To solve the mysteries, Hugo befriends a young girl and a seemingly bitter man from the train station. The mystery revolves around his late father's work, figuring centrally around a defunct robot that his father designed, that Hugo is trying to reinvent.
2007, 544 pages
Adventure, Mystery, Family Life, Friendship, Illness/Death, Exquisite Illustrations, Excellent Read-Aloud, Books for Boys
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