He Just Doesn't Give up!

The Inventions of Hugo Cabret

Hugo Cabret doesn't give up on his dreams.

In this book, a boy named Hugo Cabret has to live on his own in a train station. The only thing that is keeping Hugo away from the police and alive is his dream. His dream is to finish what he and his father started which was a mechanical human sitting down in a desk drawing something. When the this mechanism is complete the "human" should draw something. The mystery of what it would draw is what kept Hugo going. “ If you lose your purpose ... it's like you're broken. ” This quote was in this book and it just proves how compelled Hugo is to reach his dream. To him, his dream is his purpose. Another quote that was in the book was “If you've ever wondered where your dreams come from when you go to sleep at night, just look around. This is where they are made. ” This quote tells readers how the place that Hugo lives at really affects his life and the choices he makes. If the things around you affects how your dreams then just imagine the things going on in Hugo's mind.


Main characters and events

The main characters in the book is Hugo Cabret, Isabelle, and George Melies. Some of the main events was when Hugo's dad died, when Hugo's uncle died and he had to live on his own. Some other main events that were in the book was when Hugo was caught stealing the toys from George Melies. But the to most important events was when Hugo finished the machine and he and George connected by relating to the picture and also when George took Hugo in to be part of his family.

Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick was born in 1966 and has one brother, one sister, five nephews, and one niece. He studied in The Rhode Island School of Design. His first book was The Houdini Box which was published in 1991. He also worked on The Boy With a Thousand Faces. The Inventions of Hugo Cabret was the longest and the most involved book he ever worked on. This same book won the Caldecott Medal. This was a great accomplishment because the Caldecott Medal is for picture books and The Inventions of Hugo Cabret is a novel which makes this book the first novel to get this award.