The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Orphaned and alone, Hugo lives in a train station in Paris, France. He spends his days hiding from the station manager, working on the clocks, and repairing the automaton his father found. That is, until the toy booth manager, Georges, catches him stealing! He then begins to work for toy booth manager, makes friends with Isabelle (Georges’ god daughter), and unravels the mystery of his father, Georges, and the automaton.
Recommendation and Review
For those of you who weren’t aware, it is primarily pictures with the occasional text thrown in. It makes a quick read, but the illustrations and the story are simply amazing. I read it in about two hours; however it is much more enjoyable if you take your time to really “read” the pictures.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has the patience to really look at the pictures. I would also recommend it to reluctant readers. It has enough to text to help refine critical reading skills, however the pictures make it easier and less intimidating.