Friday, December 16, 2011

Book Report: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Hugo Cabret is an orphan, a clock keeper and a reluctant thief who lives in the Paris train station. The only object left by his father was an automaton with a hidden message locked inside.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret  is a combination of words and illustrations by Brian Selznick. It's a different kind of story where the illustrations are part of the story narrative. In some pages, you are flipping through detailed drawings which will flow to written word when you turn to the next page. Every part of the book was part of the experience: from the colorful but subdued book jacket to the typography. Everything was thoughtfully created which is one of the favorite traits I like about the author/illustrator.You can even visit the book's website to know more about the book and how it came to be.

This book is recommended for young adults and not-so-young adults who are into films, art, and history. I'm also reminded of the movie Cinema Paradiso while reading Hugo.

This book just became one of my most favorite books of all time and Brian Selznick is one of the people I would like to meet someday.

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