I loved the movie--yes, I was one of those. I picked up Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret as a baby gift for a friend (I believe in small humans reading at advanced levels) and decided to read it for myself before wrapping it.
is a young man living in the attic of the Paris train station. He winds the
clocks everyday; this job used to be his drunk uncle’s until the day he
disappeared. Hugo continues the work without anyone knowing in order to have a
place to live and food to eat. Hugo spends his spare time rebuilding an
automaton that his father worked so very hard on reconstructing before he died;
it’s the only thing Hugo has left of his father. When the owner of the toy
store in the station catches Hugo stealing, Hugo is led on a journey of
self-discovery that could only happen in the most serendipitous of ways.
lovelovelove this book. It’s my favorite children’s book that exists anywhere, because
the story is so rich and so fulfilling, and about half of the story is told
through illustrations. I love when a story can be told through pictures; I find
graphic novels so powerful for this very reason. The illustrations in Cabret are gorgeous pencil sketches that
are expressive and lovely. I adore the narrative, and I love that it is enough
to keep adults interested while being full of intrigue and depth for kids. Anything
that can entertain all generations at once is simply marvelous as far as I am
concerned. (Yes, I also loved the movie, thanksforasking.)
Get this for the short person in your life.