Book Review: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

screen-shot-2016-09-03-at-5-54-54-pmA 500+ page novel might seem like an unusual choice for a read-aloud, but The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick works. Larrabee and I read it together this summer and recommend it.

Here are some things we liked:

  • Despite its length, it’s a quick read because it has pages and pages of drawings.
  • Parts of the story are told through the drawings, and we had fun figuring them out together.
  • It’s set in Paris in the 1930s. Some of the historical details are true even though Hugo’s story is fictional.
  • It features an automaton! Also, it has other things that fascinate us, including clocks, trains, magic tricks, books, movies, and secrets.
  • It’s different from other books we’ve read.

We haven’t seen the movie Hugo yet, but we’ve heard it’s good.

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