Invention Of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Invention Of Hugo Cabret

Written by Brian Selznick

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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. 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.

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Invention Of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

You can watch a trailer for the new film vesion of Hugo below:

Paris, 1931. 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 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.


‘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

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

‘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

Brian Selznick

Caldecott Honour–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 theatre. 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 Honour for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and a Robert F. Sibert Honour for When Marian Sang.

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

Brian on creating his groundbreaking book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret which combines elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film: "Several years ago, I read a review of a book called Edison's Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life by Gaby Wood. The review mentioned the true story of a collection of elaborate mechanical windup figures (known as automata), which had once been owned and loved by a great French film director named George Méliès. These amazing machines were eventually donated by Méliès to a museum in Paris, but the collection was neglected in a damp attic and eventually had to be thrown away. I imagined a boy finding these broken, rusted machines, and thus Hugo and his story were born."

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534 pages


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Publication date

1st October 2007




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