ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old 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
girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train 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 all come together...in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
This 526-page book is told in both words and pictures. The Invention of Hugo
Cabret is not exactly
a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip
book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. Each picture (there are nearly three hundred
pages of pictures!) takes up an entire double page spread, and the story moves forward because you turn
the pages to see the next moment unfold in front of you.
if you’d like to watch the opening sequence of drawings in The
Invention of Hugo Cabret