The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ok. so there might have been a lot of hype around this lately…but personally I feel like the majority of the hype was around ‘Hugo’- the movie version of this and not the book. I somehow managed to not see the movie and then read the book just after everyone seemed to be pretty much over the excitement. I feel like I do that a lot. I don’t want to read the book, or watch the movie when everyone can’t stop talking about it and then ‘discover’ it on my own when the whole thing’s blown over.

So instead of me talking about the plot of the story, which I’m sure you already know about due to the movie version, I will say that it was a super fun read and would make a great and quick magical and mysterious sort of summer read. It’s a 533 pages book but a lot of those are dedicated to pictures only that let you experience the book much like you would a silent movie… which are so much center to the story at hand. I had watched a short clip online of Brian Selznick talking about making the book that was really cool and in it he talked about how they wanted to make a book that was a thick heavy book that would be appealing to young readers. How making a long book will make some kids who usually don’t read a lot feel good about themselves because they will easily have finished it. I thought that was a really cool idea.

The other thing that I thought was really interesting was that in the clip, even though Selznick didn’t actually say anything about it, you can see one of his early dummies for the book and it seemed to me that he had originally done the whole entire story as a wordless graphic novel. It would be so interesting to hear more about that and his experience of re-creating the whole format of his book to what it is now.

Have a read and then have a look in the back of the book for a whole bunch of super cool links on silent movies you can watch that come up in the book. You will also to learn more about the coolness that are automatons! Don’t know what an automation is? Read the book!

— Lisa

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