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The Invention of Hugo Cabret Hardcover – Mar 1 2007


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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st Edition edition (March 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439813786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439813785
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15.2 x 5.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 5 2007
Format: Hardcover
Fans of thrilling books are fond of calling them "page turners." Why? Because you can hardly wait to see what happens next. Those are the books that keep you up late at night to get to the end.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret delivers a whole new kind of pager turner, one where you not only want to see what happens next . . . but where the act of turning the page often gives you powerful glimpses into the story. How? Hand-drawn images tell a story in motion using many motion picture techniques (close-ups, fades, and pans). A sequence of images might go on for 40 pages (as the opening sequence does) before providing any dialogue. Unlike a graphic novel, there is no dialog or narration on the images. Since you don't know if the next turn of a page will reveal an image or text, you also have that extra dimension of surprise. The other difference from the traditional page turner is that this book won't take you that long to read. It's more like the duration of a motion picture than of reading a 525 page novel. So don't let the book's bulk intimidate you.

The story takes place in the early days of the Depression in Paris. Hugo Cabret is a 12-year-old boy who loses his parents and is taken in by his uncle, a timekeeper in a railway station. The uncle makes Hugo do all of the work, but won't even feed Hugo who has to turn to stealing in order to eat. When the uncle disappears, Hugo is left to fend for himself. But Hugo has a dream. He will repair an automaton (an early type of robot) that he rescued from a museum fire. Part of his thievery is aimed at taking parts from a tiny toy store in the station to help rebuild the automaton. One day Hugo is caught! That capture sets new wheels in motion that will change the lives of the key characters permanently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coreena TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 4 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was such a fun book to read, so rich with the perfect combination of text and drawings. My eight year old son and I took turns reading this one to each other and we both loved it, were enthralled with the story and had a hard time putting it down. There are pages of text, then pages of drawings, both of which cleverly move the story along. This book has everything: adventure, treachery, friendship, history, betrayal, imagination, and a message.

The characters are engaging, especially Hugo. I felt so bad for him and his impossible situation, his grasping at straws to find a connection with his father. Kids will be rooting for him, wanting him to overcome all of the unfair things in his life. He is clever and sharp, as well as innovative and passionate.

Isabelle is a good foil for Hugo, a young girl, also smart, but in a different way. The dynamic of their friendship seems real to me, from the way they get along to the way they fight.

George Melies is the old man and antagonist of the book,. Although he is mean to Hugo, he is shrouded in mystery, a mystery that the children are eager to solve.

The fictional story of Hugo intermingles with historical France of the 1930s and the history of film. This is done well, with the pictures as guides. I loved the mingling of the real history of the film and culture of France with the fictional story of Hugo.

The clockwork and automaton part of the plot will really appeal to the imagination and to those who are mechanically inclined or who like steampunk novels. This, combined with the illustrations, is so cool and vivid.

And then there is the ever true underlying message of the book - follow your dreams, this is the way to happiness and fulfillment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jong Uk on Jan. 12 2012
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It is such a great book. I like how there are many pictures, with great detail. It has that,"comfy" feeling, except for some parts. I would recommend it to anyone who likes pictures. It does not have too many words, though people may think that it would take days and days to read, because of the appearance of the book. (Don't judge the book by its cover!!!) But there are many pictures, and almost half of the book is pictures and pictures and pictures. The words are detailed, and they can give you the feeling of what it's like to be Hugo Cabret. (The pictures accompany that) It can be read in quite a short time, and it is a great book. It is hard to put the book down when you are on the end of one chapter. You keep reading on and on, until you come to the dramatic ending. I naturally prefer paperback books, but the pictures in this book to me are so, "precious" that a hardcover is a good idea. After all, it is a big book...

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By Fleur on June 29 2014
Format: Hardcover
I loved the story, but particularly the pictures in the book. They add so much to the story and it's obvious that the author spent a lot of time making them... The amount of details will never stop amazing me.
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 4 2013
Format: Hardcover
By now you know what you are about to purchase. However I am not so sure I was. I have to confess I did not know of this book until I saw the trailer for the movie. Then it was a shocker to see the physical volume of the book. On opening the book I found it contained one hundered and fifty-eight pictures to accompany twenty-six thousand one hundred and fifty-nine words. Not until I started reading the book did I realize the graphics were not illustrating the words but actuary part of the story.

In all my years I have not come upon a unique combination of the way the story is told. And to add to this it is an interweaving of a fictional protagonist to tell the story of a real life person. I have seen the formula of interweaving reality with a fictional character before; one of the most famous is "Sophie's World" by Jostein Gaarder. Both books have more depth that imagined at the start of reading.

Any way the basic story is of a child that loses his father and thinks that his father left him a message that will change his life. In the process of perusing the message he meets Georges Méliès who may just have a message to change the reader's life.

A great site for more information is fi.edu/pieces/knox/automaton
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