30. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Tammy · Tags:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, 533 pages, read by Tammy, on 04/22/2012

A beautiful story uniquely told through a blend of text and pen and ink drawings. The story follows Hugo through his quest to understand himself, his father and what his future is meant to be. Hugo also helps an elderly gentleman revive his love of life and his art which he had given up years ago.

02. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Historical Fiction, Paige · Tags:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, 533 pages, read by Paige, on 01/11/2012

Fabulous book! Yes, this is a children’s title but I would gladly reccomend this to any person young or old. I have yet to see the film that has been based off of it, but I know that it has/had been nominated for a number of awards (as has the book).

The story follows the life of main character Hugo Cabret. Hugo is a  12 year old orphan living in Paris and has taken over as the clock keeper at a major train station. He is stealing to survive and working on something very, very special. While living in the station he encounters a toy booth owner and his godfather Isabelle.

There are twists and turns throughout the story, but you never get lost. The large number of illustrations thorughout the book are amazing and bring a whole new perspective to the story. It’s wonderful and touching. Also, though it appears quite long, it is a very quick read. Any and all should give this one a try!