Brain Selznick is in a league of his own when it comes to his book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The novel tells a story using both text and illustrations (both done by Selznick). As the winner of the Caldecott Award, we see how special the illustrations are, but unlike picture books, this novel is also an intricate story. This book is a joy to readers who love a juvenile length, complicated story but miss those years of beautifully illustrated picture books.
In addition to being a great read, The Invention Of Hugo Cabret, has a world of ideas to explore further. The fantastic website http://www.theinventionofhugocabret.com will give you countless ideas from watching a youtube clip of the old movie referenced in the novel to automata information to a bio of the author. I suggest having fresh croissants for a snack (as eaten by the main character) while you explore!
And the fun doesn’t stop there . . . November 23rd is the opening day for the new movie version HUGO directed by Martin Scorsese. Brain Selznick told the audience at a recent book signing presentation that he was able to spend 2 weeks on the set of the movie where he describe the dedicated effort made by all the cast and crew to create a movie that closely follows the book. Brain also recently released a companion book where he interviews a wide variety of people working on the movie, asking questions that would interest his young audience.
So whether it is a good read you are looking for or a great website with a variety of learning activities to explore or a family movie, The Invention of Hugo Cabret has them all.