The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, tells the story of Hugo, a 12-year-old boy who lives a clandestine life in the walls of a busy Paris train station. But one day, when he meets an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s life changes forever.
This 526-page book is filled with some of the most beautiful drawings I have ever seen in a storybook. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. Best of all, because the story is so picture-heavy, the reader can really create her own story within the book, using his or her own words to narrate the content depicted by the rich imagery. This is an incredible book for beginning and advanced readers alike, and one that is sure to capture the imagination of any audience. Read it now, and get ready to see the movie later in 2011!