The Hugo Movie Companion by Brian Selznick

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Award-winning Brian Selznick goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the making of the blockbuster film of his best-selling The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The book was inspired by film which makes it especially fitting to see how its own film came about. Selznick’s fascinating account of how Martin Scorsese turned it into a 3D film is richly illustrated with originals from the book and stills from the film. This is an absolute must for all fans of the film and the original book, Hugo Cabret.


The Hugo Movie Companion by Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick takes readers on an intimate tour of the movie-making process as his Caldecott Award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret is turned into a 3-D major motion picture by Academy Award-winning director, Martin Scorsese, written by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, John Logan.

Lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs from the movie and filled with fun, informative interviews of the cast and crew, comparisons of artwork from the book alongside people, props, costumes, and sets from the movie, plus fascinating information about automatons, filmmaking pioneer Georges Melies and an essay on the birth of movies written by Martin Scorsese, The Hugo Movie Companion beautifully extends the experience of the book and the movie, and is a must-have for fans of all ages.


Awards and reviews 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

Quill Award Winner

Borders Original Voices Finalist

Los Angeles Times Favorite Children's Book of the Year

Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

‘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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256 pages


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Scholastic US

Publication date

3rd November 2011




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