Book Crushing: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the release of the new film by Martin Scorsese, Hugo.  It promises to be as magical as the book, which I was introduced to by incredibly talented and connected children’s librarian, Zoe and I was hooked from page one.

I’d entirely recommend reading the book, by Brian Selznick, before seeing the film, which is correctly titled The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

It is the story of  12 year-old Hugo, who is an orphan, and  maintains his late father’s career by tending to the clocks in a busy Paris train station.  He also lives in the walls of the train station and he must keep his existence a secret.  Here he meets and befriends a girl whose family own a small toy booth in the station, following which Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put at risk.  Other than the wonderful story, the other most marvellous thing about this book is that it is told both in words and in drawing – so it’s sort of a hybrid picture book and novel.

Here’s the film trailer:

Total magic!



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