Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Written and illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Genre: Historical fiction
Reviewed by Nikolas C., Grade 3
This story is about a boy named Hugo. He lost his dad in a fire at the museum that he worked in. He went with his uncle to a train station and one night his uncle didn't come back and so he had to go on his own. He lives in the walls of the Paris train station and he keeps the clocks working. Nobody knows he lives there. Hugo also works on repairing the thing that his dad built which is called an automaton. An automaton is a wind-up machine that is like an old-fashioned robot. He thinks that if he fixes the automaton then it will write a message from his dad.
Hugo meets an old man named Papa Georges and a girl named Isabelle. Papa Georges takes Hugo's father's notebook and makes him work for him. Isabelle tried to help him get the notebook back. Papa Georges rips the pictures up that he has drawn. Together the kids try to figure out why Papa Georges is so mad about the pictures in Hugo's notebook and it is a mystery with surprises at the end.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret takes place in the Paris train station in 1931.
Hugo is a creative boy. He wants to build things that no one else has ever built. He feels that life is hard and he is always running away from the station inspector. Hugo always has to steal stuff like his food and he has to work hard at not being seen. At first Hugo didn't like Isabelle but then he learned that she was a good friend.
The illustrations are just awesome because they help tell the story, unlike other books where pictures just go with the story these pictures are part of the story. The whole book has 533 pages and there are 284 Pages of pictures. There are also some real illustrations from George Melies who was a real film maker and is a character in the book. There is a photograph from the train station of an accident that turns up in the story in a dream that Hugo has.
I recommend this book to you because it is about friendship and it's about life and how you live it and if you live in a bad way you just aren't going to have fun. If you live it in a good way you are going to be a good person and have a lot of friends and have a good life. I think it made me read faster because the pictures told so much of the story so you can predict what was next. The automaton was cool how it wrote a message and they are really real!
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