Happy Wednesday everyone!! To go along with our fabulous winner’s Wednesday I chose the 2008 Caldecott Award winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Our class was lucky enough to read this book, and I loved it so much, that I highly recommend it for other students. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is about a 12-year-old boy living in a train station in Paris. When his drunk uncle disappears, he is left as an orphan, living in the crevices of the station and taking care of the station’s clocks. Part-time clock keeper, part-time thief, he leads a life of quiet routine until he gets involved with an eccentric young girl and an angry old man who runs a toy booth in the station, and to which his life is forever changes. This book truly is a magical story that blends elements of book, novel, graphic novel, and film into one.
I highly recommend everyone read it, and teachers, I think it would be great for elementary students! Although the book looks daunting as it is 533 pages, a LOT of them are illustrations that tell a story. I think that is the most powerful part of the whole book– the illustrations tell the story; instead of simply mirroring the text, they provide insight and continue the story along. As you flip through the book it almost feels like you are watching a movie, which is very fitting as Georges Melies was in fact a filmmaker. Overall, Brian Selznick did a great job blending the life of Georges Melies into a fictional and page-turning book; it provided some insight on Melies’ life while also appealing to readers of all ages!