Orphan, clock keeper, thief: Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. Combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Caldecott Honor artist Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience in this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery. Illustrations.
Orphan, clock keeper and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender and spellbinding mystery.
Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of the bestselling "The Invention of Hugo Cabret, " which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including "Frindle" and "Lunch Money" by Andrew Clements, as well as the "Doll People" trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and "The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins" by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.
Awards and Praise for The Invention of Hugo Cabret
2008 Caldecott Medal winner National Book Award Finalist
New York Times Best Illustrated Book Los Angeles Times Favorite Children's Book of the Year TIME Magazine's 100 Best Children's and Young Adult Books of All Time
"Evokes wonder . . . like a silent film on paper." -- The New York Times
"A fast-paced treat." -- People Magazine
"Distinctive."-- The Wall Street Journal
"Cinematic."-- Parenting Magazine
"Captivating."-- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"If your kid loves the J.K. Rowling series, then [they are] bound to enjoyThe Invention of Hugo Cabret. . ."-- Good Housekeeping
"A true masterpiece."-- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Fade to black and cue the applause!"-- Kirkus, starred review
"Complete genius."-- Horn Book, starred review
"Breathtaking . . . shatters conventions."-- School Library Journal, starred review
"An original and creative integration of art and text."-- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"Visually stunning . . . raises the bar." -- San Antonio Express-News
Winner of Caldecott Medal 2008
Short-listed for Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Children's Book of the Year 2008
Short-listed for United States National Book Awards: Young People's Literature 2007
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