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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

by Brian Selznick


Book Summary

The story is about a boy who winds the clocks in a large train station, and becomes pulled into a mystery involving family secrets, fascinating machines, and unusual but can't-look-away silent films.

Hugo Cabret book cover
The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Book Review

The remarkable thing about this book is how visually interesting and unusual it is.  While the book is very thick, many of the pages are beautiful, detailed drawings that advance the plot, so it is quicker to read than it might initially appear. This was not one of the more compelling books I've read, but it does appeal to very specific kinds of readers--particularly those who love designing and building.
Martin Scorsese's film version of this book does a fantastic job capturing the masterfully detailed illustrations in this book.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Automatons
  • Puzzles; Thinking Outside the Box
  • Mysteries
  • Artists; Filmmakers - Georges Melies

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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