The Invention of Hugo Cabret


“The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.” The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2013.

ISBN number: 9780439813785

The Invention of Hugo Cabret 

Written by: Brain Selznick

Reviewed by: Haylee Briggs

Recommended Audience: Middle School to High School students 

  The Invention of Hugo Cabret toke place in Paris in the late 1800’s. It is about a boy, Hugo Cabret who struggles when he finds out his father has passed away due to a fire at work.  He is then taken in by his uncle who later passes away due to being an alcoholic. Hugo must learn to fend for himself.  He then must work with a man that owned the toyshop, George Méliès, to gain trust back after stealing many times from him.  He will soon find out how important papa George will become to him. 

Hugo had a special talent for fixing things.  He and his father worked on an automaton they found at a museum for many years before he passed.  Hugo needed a special key to power the automaton which he thinks will have a secret message from his father. He meets Papa Georges’ goddaughter, Isabelle, and he soon found out she has the key on her necklace.  The key powers the automaton, and it draws something.  This drawing will make a very big reveal about Papa Georges’ and his past.  This changes the whole family.

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