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The Invention of Hugo Cabret
 
 
Author
Brian Selznick.
Publisher Scholastic  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780439813785
Pages/Publication Date 533/2007
Daedalus Item Code 29702
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(Caldecott Medal Winner, National Book Award Finalist) A cryptic drawing, a stolen key, a mechanical man, a treasured notebook, a boy inventor, and a magician from a silent film—there is nothing else like this brilliant, haunting book for readers 8 to adult, the winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal and a finalist for the National Book Award, as well as the inspiration for the Martin Scorsese film Hugo. "I want you to picture yourself sitting in the darkness, like the beginning of a movie," says Brian Selznick in his introduction. "You will eventually spot a boy amid the crowd, and he will start to move through the train station. Follow him, because this is Hugo Cabret. His head is full of secrets, and he's waiting for his story to begin." Alternating between short chapters of text and short chapters of deep charcoal drawings, complete with cinematic closeups, it tells of young Hugo Cabret, an orphan, clock keeper, and thief in 1930s Paris, who lives in the walls of a busy train station. His world changes, like gears falling into place, when he meets an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man with a toyshop, who may actually be the pioneering filmmaker Georges Méliès.

"Hugo Cabret evokes wonder.... This is much more than a graphic novel: it is more like a silent film on paper.... It's enough to say that Hugo Cabret sits at the nexus of magic and storytelling and film, and that Brian Selznick—who, perhaps not so coincidentally, has the Hollywood legend David O. Selznick in his family tree—shows us a little magic of his own."—NYTBR

 
 
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