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Invention of Hugo Cabret, The: Reviewed

Author:Brian Selznick
Reading Level (Conceptual):Children 8 and up
Reading Level (Vocabulary):Children 8 and up
Year of publication:2007

At the advanced age of 12, and although my precocious reader loves reading chapter books, she still misses having pictures in her books.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret solves this problem. A Dickensian fairy tale, told in words and beautiful, complicated charcoal drawings, Hugo Cabret tells the story of the rediscovery of a silent film director and a young boy in Paris of the early 1930s.

My sensitive reader gasped at the way adults failed to take care of Hugo throughout his young life, but rejoiced at the way he is able to create a family for himself which does, eventually include responsible adults.

A lovely celebration of train stations, automata, clock mechanisms, and film.

The depth of the illustrations and the gentleness of the words would make this a great gift for book lovers and film lovers of all ages.

-- Emily Berk

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