The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

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short plot of the book

In 1931, Hugo Cabret, a 12-year-old boy, who lives with his father, a widowed, but kind and devoted master clock maker in Paris. Hugo's father takes him to see films and loves the films of Georges best of Méliès all. Hugo's father is burned alive in a museum fire, and Hugo is taken away by his uncle, an alcoholic watchmaker who is responsible for maintaining the clocks in the railway station of Gare Montparnasse. His uncle teaches him to take care of the clocks, then disappears. Hugo lives between the walls of the station, maintaining the clocks, stealing food and working on his father's most ambitious project: repairing a broken automation – a mechanical man who is supposed to write with a pen. Hugo steals mechanical parts in the station to repair the automaton, but he is caught by a toy store owner who takes away Hugo's blueprints for the automaton. The automaton is missing one part – a heart–shaped key. Convinced that the automaton contains a message from his father, Hugo goes to desperate lengths to fix the machine. He gains the assistance of Isabelle, a girl close to his age and the goddaughter of the toy shop owner. He introduces Isabelle to the movies, which her godfather has never let her seen. Isabelle turns out to have the key to the automaton. When they use the key to activate the automaton, it produces a drawing of a film scene Hugo remembers his father telling him about. They discover that the film was created by Georges Méliès, Isabelle's godfather, an early – but now neglected and disillusioned – cinema legend, and that the automaton was a beloved creation of his, from his days as a magician. In the end, the children reconnect Georges with his past and with a new generation of cinema aficionados who have come to appreciate his work.
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quick information

  1. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is an American historical fiction book written and illustrated by Brian Selznick and published by Scholastic.

  2. Published: January 30, 2007

  3. Author: Brian Selznick

  4. Adaptations: Hugo (2011)

  5. Characters: Mama Jeanne, Hugo Cabret, Geoges Méliés, Isabelle,Etienne
  6. Genres: Fiction, Graphic novel, Children's literature, Mystery, Historical fiction

  7. Awards: Caldecott Medal

The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Soundtrack Official Full

these quotes are not in order from the book for they are in order from which i think are most meaningful.


Hugo Cabret: I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.


Hugo Cabret: Maybe that's why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn't able to do what it was meant to do... Maybe it's the same with people. If you lose your purpose... it's like you're broken.


Hugo Cabret: [Angry and disappointed that the automaton hasn't written anything of sense] What an idiot! Thinking I could fix it!

Isabelle: Hugo...

[Hugo looses his composure and begins smashing various items in the room]

Hugo Cabret: It's broken! It's always been broken!

[Sits in chair, covers his face and begins to cry]

Isabelle: Hugo, it doesn't have to be like this. You can fix it.

Hugo Cabret: [crying] You don't... you don't understand. I thought... I thought if I could fix it... then I wouldn't be so alone.

[Hugo's sobs fill the room. Suddenly, the machine begins to draw again]

Isabelle: Hugo, Hugo look! It... it's not done!

[they watch as the automaton begins to draw a picture]

Hugo Cabret: [voice breaking] It's not writing! It... it's drawing!

[they see it is a scene from the movie "A Trip to the Moon."]

Hugo Cabret: That's the movie my Father saw!

[the automaton signs Georges Méliès'name]

Isabelle: [amazed] Georges Méliès. That's Papa Georges name. Why would your Father's machine sign Papa Georges' name?

Hugo Cabret: I don't know.

[picks up drawing and looks at robot]

Hugo Cabret: Thank you.

[turns to Isabelle]

Hugo Cabret: It was a message from my Father. And now I have to figure it out.


Isabelle: [last lines; at the part Isabelle smiles as she watches Hugo doing magic tricks, she sits and starts writing in her notebook]

[voice over]

Isabelle: Once upon a time, I met a boy named Hugo Cabret. He lived in a train station. Why did he live in a train station, you might well ask. That's really what this book is going to be about. And about how this singular young man searched to hard to find a secret message from his Father, and how that message lead his way, all the way home.

[Screen leads up to where we can see the automaton sitting at a desk, perfectly fixed. The screen fades to black]


By now if you're reading this, you've probably just finished reading the quotes that I chose and you're probably thinking to yourself, " what is the symbolic relevance that the quotes have?" or " why would she choose these for the most meaningful?" Well, I may not have any background relationship with Hugo or Isabelle's past, but I do understand it. As I read this book, as I read the emotions, as I studied the images, I came to the realization that this book causes an emotional attachment by the tone of the book and the layout. So, if I were to rate this piece of literature, it would have to be a solid 8 out of 10. This book may not have been perfect in my viewpoint but it sure as heck came close. I can't help but continue to read this book again and again. I might just have to read it for the seventh time!