Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

I have "read" The Invention of Hugo Cabret's opening sequence at least 150 times. It feels like you're watching a movie. I asked 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to share what they liked about Hugo.
    • "It is one of the best books I've ever read. It took me forever to find a good book after it. Nothing has ever compared."

    • "It is a true masterpiece."

    • "I liked the sequence of events--it is full of mystery and shocking surprises."

    • "I kept putting off reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret because of its size. Don't be afraid! You will read it in 3 hours."

    • "I hope the movie is as good as the book. "

    • "I like how it zooms in. The details amazed me."

Brian Selznick talks about how Hugo was made. is the first book website I remember regularly checking.

Brian discusses detail and light.

Isabelle's haircut was modeled after actress Louise Brooks.

A Trip to the Moon and movies of the 1930s inspired The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret video booktalk

My signed copy: :)

I won't argue with Brian Selznick. ;)

"I've always loved libraries." -Brian Selznick

This is an illustration from Brian's forthcoming novel, Wonderstruck (pub. 9/13/11)

Borrow The Invention of Hugo Cabret from your public or school library. Please support independent bookshops.


  1. This was the book that turned my daughter into a reader! She only read because she had to--because teachers made her read. Once she discovered Hugo, it opened up a whole new world to her. All of a sudden, reading was fun! Such a transformation! She has since read Hugo at least ten times.

    We will absolutely be in line for the movie when it comes out in December of this year. Check out for a couple pics from the set as well as a short video snippet from Ben Kingsley about his role as Georges Méliès in the movie.

  2. hi people this is the best movie ever made

  3. Hi if you have read "the invention of Hugo Cabret" then I totally recommend "Wonder Struck" that is my all time favorite book ever so READ IT NOW!