The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick
A Brief Introduction
- Selznick created this website in a very easy, but organized way. It is very clear the things you are able to access and he thoroughly explains the book and what to expect if you have not previously read it.
- He explains the setting and what the main events are in the book, but he never gives away the story. He gives enough information to make you want to read the book.
- The book is a mixture of all different types of books. This 533 page book may seem intimidating to most when they first see it, but the majority of the pages are pictures if not two spread pictures.
- The page turns throughout this book are very intense because they give the readers suspense as to whats coming next.
- a moving mechanical device made in imitation of a human being.
- synonyms:robot, android, cyborg, droid, bot
a machine that performs a function according to a predetermined set of coded instructions, especially one capable of a range of programmed responses to different circumstances.
used in similes and comparisons to refer to a person who seems to act in a mechanical or unemotional way.
Inspiration For Hugo Cabret
- Selznick had a big inspiration from the book Edison’s Eve: A Magical Quest for Mechanical Life by Gaby Wood.
- Automaton is the type of machine used to create The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
- Automata's are mechanical figures that can do things like sing, dance and do other things like write poems and play chess, etc.
- The book by Gaby Wood was about this collection of automata.
- The automata in Wood's book was not properly taken care of so they were destroyed and thrown away.
- Selznick then pictured this young boy finding all these machine pieces that were broken and thrown away, and thats how is idea of Hugo Cabret was created.
Interview with Selznick
- This book review done by Shwarts in The New York Times gives you a great insight on what to expect when reading this book.
- He informs you with the setting and the plot to the story, without spoiling the ending of the book. The boy in the book is thrilled when he actually gets to meet his idol Harry Houdini and John elaborates on the ups and downs hugo had to go through.
- The illustrations done in this book are very detailed and intricate.
- John gives a great example of how Selznick draws the readers attention in. He begins with wanting you to imagine you are in a movie theatre and thats exactly how it feels when you are reading this book.
- Hugo Cabret has so many different illustrations and each page does such a good job on making you feel as if you are a part of the book. They look so real and they also zoom in and out which give it more of a "real life" feeling while reading. It allows you to follow Hugo and understand what is happening.
- Johns review is clearly written and mentions that even though Hugo has some troubles throughout his journey, that its life. Things happen, and we all have to live with certain things even when we disagree or feel any emotion towards it.
- There is a lot of emotion expressed through the young boy in this novel.
- Throughout Johns review he doesn't express in any way that he is not a fan of this book. He thoroughly states that "our children loved it, and so did we". That in itself should explain the quality of this book.
- There is definitely a reason this book received the Caldecott award in 2008.
- Although this book received a Caldecott award and gets very good reviews, I found this review by Ana Grilo, who liked the book, but also states what she thinks could have been done differently to improve the outcome of the book.
- Ana does a great job of explaining the moral of the story and the main concepts and events that happen throughout the journey of this young boy. Ana gives a very detailed description of the novel and a summary of thing that happened, but doesn't give away too much detail, nor ruin the ending.
- The illustrations and images throughout this novel are a very important part for the audience. Some of the images, Ana believes are too simplistic and that the story doesn't focus enough on the characters in the book.
- Ana believes that Selznick lacked on their connections and the plight throughout this novel. As this book is known to be magical, she thinks that it is missing that connection, especially on an emotional level from the characters.
- Like we've talked about in class, it is okay to disagree with the way books are written or the images are placed, etc. but I thought that Ana did it in a very respectful way towards the author. She gives her insight on what she thinks could help improve the book but also states "despite some contrivances the plot comes together perfectly in the end". This shows a sense of maturity when reviewing books as well as showing her appreciation for children's literature.