Archive for June 4th, 2007

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

June 4, 2007

So. Thus begins my first official blog post. Exciting times! What shall I ramble about, you ask? The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

I first heard about the book when the author, Brian Selznick, was interviewed on Fresh Air. (Yes, I’m a nerd.) Selznick has illustrated several children’s books, but I believe this is his first foray into writing. Don’t quote me on that. The invention of Hugo Cabret is a graphic novel that tells the story of a 12-year-old orphan who lives in the walls of the Paris train station at the turn of the 20th century. He discovers a broken automaton and is convinced that if he can repair it, it will deliver a message from his dead father. Along the way, he encounters a girl intent on uncovering Hugo’s past, a toy shop owner with his own mysterious past, and discovers the magic of early film.

This was my first experience with the “graphic novel” genre, and I didn’t realize what I was missing! It really can’t get much better than this. The illustrations are all done in pencil and have a huge part in the actual telling of the story, not simply illustrating what you already know is happening.

This is the kind of book that I give to unsuspecting friends as Christmas gifts. It’s currently making the rounds through my group of friends, so I might save some money come the holidays.

If you’ve already read Hugo, let me know your thoughts. If not, a bookstore can’t be too far away!

Thus ends my first official blog post. Tada!