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The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Contributor(s):Selznick, Brian (Author) , Selznick, Brian (Illustrator)
 

ISBN: 0439813786   EAN: 9780439813785
Publisher: Scholastic Press
US SRP: $ 24.99 US 
Binding: Hardcover
Language(s): English
Pub Date: 03/01/2007
Annotation: 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 ...

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Additional Information
OCLC Number: OCLC#225194154
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Orphans & Foster Homes
LC Subjects:
-Melies, Georges -Robots
-Orphans -Railroad stations
-Paris (France) -History
-1870-1940 -France
-Third Republic, 1870-1940
INGRAM Categories:
- Cultural Region | French
- Chronological Period | 1930's
Awards: North Carolina Children's Book Award | Nominee | Junior Book | 2008 - 2008 ; National Book Awards | Finalist | Young People's Lit. | 2007 - 2007 ; Bluebonnet Awards | Nominee | Children's | 2009 - 2009 ; New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Award | Winner | Children's Literature | 2007 - 2007 ; Caldecott Medal | Winner | Picture Book | 2008 - 2008 ; Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award | Nominee | Grades 3-6 | 2009 - 2009 ; Book Sense Book of the Year Award | Winner | Children's Literature | 2008 - 2008 ; Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award | Nominee | Children's | 2009 - 2009 ; Maine Student Book Award | Second Place | Grades 4-8 | 2009 - 2009 ; Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens | Recommended | Ten to Fourteen | 2008 - 2008 ; Golden Archer Award | Nominee | Intermediate | 2009 - 2009 ; Grand Canyon Reader Award | Nominee | Intermediate | 2009 - 2009 ; Kentucky Bluegrass Award | Winner | Grades 3-5 | 2008 - 2008 ; Nene Award | Recommended | Children's Fiction | 2009 - 2009 ; Young Reader's Choice Award | Nominee | Junior/Grades 4-6 | 2010 - 2010 ; Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award | Nominee | Grades 4-8 | 2009 - 2009 ; Volunteer State Book Awards | Nominee | Grades 4-6 | 2009 - 2010 ; Nene Award | Recommended | Children's Fiction | 2010 - 2010 ; Flicker Tale Children's Book Award | Winner | Juvenile | 2009 - 2009 ; Iowa Children's Choice (ICCA) Award | Winner | Children's | 2009 - 2010 ; Nene Award | Nominee | Children's Fiction | 2011 - 2011 ; Garden State Teen Book Award | Winner | Fiction (Grades 6-8) | 2010 - 2010 ; Golden Archer Award | Nominee | Intermediate | 2011 - 2011 ; Nene Award | Winner | Children's Fiction | 2012 - 2012
Dewey: FIC
LC Call Number: PZ7.S4654
LCCN: 2006007119
Features: Illustrated, Price on Product, Dust Cover, Table of Contents, Ikids
Target Age Group: 08 to 11
Physical Info: 2.0" H x 8.3" L x 6.0" W (2.85 lbs) 533 pages
Carton Quantity: 10  

Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Publishers Weekly (01/01/2007):
Here is a true masterpiecean artful blending of narrative, illustration and cinematic technique, for a story as tantalizing as it is touching.

Twelve-year-old orphan Hugo lives in the walls of a Paris train station at the turn of the 20th century, where he tends to the clocks and filches what he needs to survive. Hugo's recently deceased father, a clockmaker, worked in a museum where he discovered an automaton: a human-like figure seated at a desk, pen in hand, as if ready to deliver a message. After his father showed Hugo the robot, the boy became just as obsessed with getting the automaton to function as his father had been, and the man gave his son one of the notebooks he used to record the automaton's inner workings. The plot grows as intricate as the robot's gears and mechanisms: Hugo's father dies in a fire at the museum; Hugo winds up living in the train station, which brings him together with a mysterious toymaker who runs a booth there, and the boy reclaims the automaton, to which the toymaker also has a connection.

To Selznick's credit, the coincidences all feel carefully orchestrated; epiphany after epiphany occurs before the book comes to its sumptuous, glorious end. Selznick hints at the toymaker's hidden identity (inspired by an actual historical figure in the film industry, Georges Méliès) through impressive use of meticulous charcoal drawings that grow or shrink against black backdrops, in pages-long sequences. They display the same item in increasingly tight focus or pan across scenes the way a camera might. The plot ultimately has much to do with the history of the movies, and Selznick's genius lies in his expert use of such a visual style to spotlight the role of this highly visual media. A standout achievement. Ages 9-12. "(Mar.)" Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Booklist (01/01/2007):
Selznick's "novel in words and pictures," an intriguing mystery set in 1930s Paris about an orphan, a salvaged clockwork invention, and a celebrated filmmaker, resuscitates an anemic genre\emdash the illustrated novel\emdash and takes it to a whole new level. The result is somewhat similar to a graphic novel, but experiencing its mix of silvery pencil drawings and narrative interludes is ultimately more akin to watching a silent film. Indeed, movies and the wonder they inspire, "like seeing dreams in the middle of the day," are central to the story, and Selznick expresses an obvious passion for cinema in ways both visual (successive pictures, set against black frames as if projected on a darkened screen, mimic slow zooms and dramatic cuts) and thematic (the convoluted plot involves director Georges M\'e9li\'e8s, particularly his fanciful 1902 masterpiece," A Trip to the Moon" .) This hybrid creation, which also includes movie stills and archival photographs, is surprising and often lovely, but the orphan's story is overshadowed by the book's artistic and historical concerns (the heady extent of which are revealed in concluding notes about Selznick's inspirations, from the Lumi\'e8re brothers to Fran\'e7ois Truffaut). Nonetheless, bookmaking this ambitious demands and deserves attention\emdash which it will surely receive from children attracted by a novel in which a complex narrative is equally advanced by things both read and seen. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2007, American Library Association.)

School Library Journal (03/01/2007):
Gr 49With characteristic intelligence, exquisite images, and a breathtaking design, Selznick shatters conventions related to the art of bookmaking in this magical mystery set in 1930s Paris. He employs wordless sequential pictures and distinct pages of text to let the cinematic story unfold, and the artwork, rendered in pencil and bordered in black, contains elements of a flip book, a graphic novel, and film. It opens with a small square depicting a full moon centered on a black spread. As readers flip the pages, the image grows and the moon recedes. A boy on the run slips through a grate to take refuge inside the walls of a train stationhome for this orphaned, apprentice clock keeper. As Hugo seeks to accomplish his mission, his life intersects with a cantankerous toyshop owner and a feisty girl who won't be ignored. Each character possesses secrets and something of great value to the other. With deft foreshadowing, sensitively wrought characters, and heart-pounding suspense, the author engineers the elements of his complex plot: speeding trains, clocks, footsteps, dreams, and moviesespecially those by Georges Mé liè s, the French pioneer of science-fiction cinema. Movie stills are cleverly interspersed. Selznick's art ranges from evocative, shadowy spreads of Parisian streets to penetrating character close-ups. Leaving much to ponder about loss, time, family, and the creative impulse, the book closes with a waning moon, a diminishing square, and informative credits. This is a masterful narrative that readers can literally manipulate."Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library" Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Horn Book Magazine (03/01/2007):
Here's a dilemma for the Newbery committee...and the Caldecott: what do you do with an illustrated novel in which neither text nor pictures can tell the story alone? Not to mention the drama to be found in the page turns themselves. A brief introduction sets the time (1931) and place (Paris) and invites readers to imagine they're at the movies. And with a turn of the page, they are, as, over a sequence of twenty-one double-page wordless spreads, a story begins. A picture of the moon gives way to an aerial shot of Paris; day breaks as the "camera" moves into a shot of a train station, where a boy makes his way to a secret passage from which, through a peephole, he watches an old man sitting at a stall selling toys. Finally, the text begins: "From his perch behind the clock, Hugo could see everything." The story that follows in breathtaking counterpoint is a lively one, involving the dogged Hugo, his tough little ally Isabelle, an automaton that can draw pictures, and a stage magician turned filmmaker, the real-life Georges Mlis, most famously the director of A Trip to the Moon (1902). There is a bounty of mystery and incident here, along with several excellent chase scenes expertly rendered in the atmospheric, dramatically crosshatched black-and-white (naturally) pencil drawings that make up at least a third of the book. (According to the final chapter, and putting a metafictional spin on things, there are 158 pictures and 26,159 words in the book.) The interplay between the illustrations (including several stills from Mlis's frequently surreal films and others from the era) and text is complete genius, especially in the way Selznick moves from one to the other, depending on whether words or images are the better choice for the moment. And as in silent films, it's always just one or the other, wordless double-spread pictures or unillustrated text, both framed in the enticing black of the silent screen. While the bookmaking is spectacular, and the binding secure but generous enough to allow the pictures to flow easily across the gutter, The Invention of Hugo Cabret is foremost good storytelling, with a sincerity and verbal ease reminiscent of Andrew Clements (a frequent Selznick collaborator) and themes of secrets, dreams, and invention that play lightly but resonantly throughout. At one point, Hugo watches in awe as Isabelle blithely picks the lock on a door. "How did you learn to do that?" he asks. "Books," she answers. Exactly so.(Copyright 2007 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

Brief Description:
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.

Biographical Note:
In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Munoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn't traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

Publisher Marketing:
Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick's lavishly illustrated debut novel is a cinematic tour de force not to be missed!
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.

Review Citations:
  • Publishers Weekly 01/01/2007 pg. 50 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Booklist 01/01/2007 pg. 97 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Review - Children 01/15/2007 pg. 81 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Voice of Youth Advocates 02/01/2007 pg. 532 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Best Books 01/15/2007 pg. 18 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 03/01/2007 pg. 218 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Horn Book Magazine 03/01/2007 pg. 173 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2007 pg. 344 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo 01/01/2007 pg. 156 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2007 pg. 355 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books 11/05/2007 pg. 37 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books 11/15/2007 pg. 1 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2007 pg. 94 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • Christian Century 12/11/2008 pg. 26 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • People Weekly 02/04/2008 pg. 47 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • Voya Top Ten Bks for Y/A 04/01/2008 pg. 8 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • People Weekly 11/10/2008 pg. 102 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • ALA Best Books Young Adults 01/01/2008 pg. 1 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo 01/01/2009 pg. 997 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2010 pg. 1131 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • People Weekly 09/09/2013 pg. 49 (EAN 9780439813785, Hardcover)
  • Criticas 01/01/2009 pg. 1 (EAN 9788467520446, Hardcover)
  • Criticas 03/01/2008 (EAN 9788467520446, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 03/12/2007 pg. 61 (EAN 9780545003636, Compact Disc) - *Starred Review
  • School Library Journal 07/01/2007 pg. 56 (EAN 9780545003636, Compact Disc)
  • Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2007 pg. 417 (EAN 9780545003636, Compact Disc)

Contributor Bio: Selznick, Brian
Brian Selznick is the illustrator of many books for children, among them the Caldecott Honor book The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, as well as his own The Boy of a Thousand Faces and The Houdini Box. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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