The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (*all ages)


Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Author: Brian Selznick.

Year of Publication: 2007 (UK).

Publisher: Scholastic (UK).


Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £14.99 (UK).

Age Range: All ages.


Some of you might have seen the movie to this book, but not realised it’s based on a book. The film itself is great, and I’d certainly recommend watching it, especially in 3D if you get the chance.

The story is about a young boy who lives in Gare du Nord, the main train station in Paris. His name is Hugo Cabret, and he leads a very lonely life. Both his parents are dead, and he is forced to live with his uncle who is the cloak keeper in this very prestigious train station, but his uncle is about as far from the father figure he needs as he could possibly be.

The only thing Hugo has to remember his father by is an old broken Automaton, so he takes it upon himself to fix it by any means he can, which means he must cross paths with a toymaker who owns a small stall in the station. All the old man sees is a trouble maker, but with the help of the toymakers Goddaughter Hugo manages to fix the Automation (which is a machine which can operate itself).

The only thing is that in order to do so, things that the old toymaker would rather forget are brought to light, and Hugo runs the risk of losing what little he has.

This is a very richly told story, full of lose, friendship, hope, and family. It’s also great because it’s not written like a normal book. It is almost a graphic novel, and the illustrations in it are fantastic and dreamlike. All in all, it’s a very good read.


“Socks are Dobby’s favourite, favourite clothes, sir! I has seven now, sir. . . . But sir …they has made a mistake in the shop, Harry Potter, they is giving you two the same!” Dobby, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.



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