The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret is one of the most incredible books I’ve ever read. Brian Selznick seamlessly combines drawings, writing and adventure in a completely unique novel. He works with the history of film to create an entrancing story filled with clockwork and mystery.

The book first caught my eye because of the numerous drawings. I was skeptical as to whether or not it was possible to tell a story through pictures, but Selznick was able to capture my attention right away.

The story starts off with Hugo Cabret, who is a young orphaned boy living in a Paris train station. His father was killed by a fire before the story. Hugo is taken in by his alcoholic uncle, who winds the clocks in the busy train station. Unfortunately, Hugo’s uncle mysteriously disappears, and the task of winding the clocks falls on Hugo’s shoulders.

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