Book Reviews

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick | Mini-Review

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

My copy: Scholastic Press, 2007. Hardcover, 525 pages.

Source: Library.



Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

A story in pictures and words, The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a gorgeous, sweet story about a boy who uncovers a mystery his father left behind. This book is a magical children’s story that people of all ages can enjoy. Brian Selznick’s wonderful illustrations are a huge part of the story, and they depict the characters and their actions so perfectly. I really felt like I was beside Hugo in the train station as he kept the clocks working all by himself. Hugo was someone I really understood and cared about, and his friend, Isabel, was cool–she wasn’t going to give in easily to anything. Isabel’s godfather, Papa Georges, was a mysterious man, someone who had many layers and whom my opinion of changed as the story progressed.

I don’t want to talk much about the plot because I think it’s something you should discover yourself. And I’m not going to write a lengthy review because there’s just not that much to talk about: I loved this book. Yes, it’s over 500 pages, but it goes by super fast because most of the book is pictures. I read Hugo in one day. I was engrossed, charmed. It’s not an action-packed, edge of your seat sort of story, nor is it completely logical, but it certainly moves along at a good pace and keeps you interested through all the questions and clues Hugo uncovers. Sometimes books don’t have to be logical if they’re just that good in other areas. I highly recommend this amazing story. ♦

Have you read The Invention of Hugo Cabret?
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