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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

kirstenrose22's review

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4.0

I have mixed feelings on this one - the format (graphic novel/traditional novel hybrid) gets a full 5 stars from me. It is really well done and evocative and conveys the right mood and all that. And the pictures and the book design and all that - gorgeous. Just the story, on its own merits? Eh. It's okay.

aljavi's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful mysterious reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.25

jdsutter's review

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adventurous mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Loveable characters? Yes

5.0

An absolutely delightful and charming story.

itratali's review

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adventurous hopeful inspiring lighthearted mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

ohyes_that_girl's review

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4.0

Love the format of this book. I like how half of the story is told through gorgeous pictures, and half through words. Great story, too. Was hoping for a bit more character development from Hugo, but still a great fast read (even though it’s 500 pages).

bantwalkers's review

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5.0

So Brian Selznick's newest book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, has had a lot of praise heaped upon it. National Book Award Finalist. Caldecott Medal Winner. It's been called "groundbreaking." And there are rumors Martin Scorsese may direct the movie adaptation (he isn’t).
That aside, Selznick's book really is quite an amazing piece of work. Part picture book, part novel, the book tells the story of Hugo Cabret, a boy who's lost his father and his uncle and must fend for himself on the streets of Paris. Well, the train station of Paris at the very least. And while graphic novels have done what this book does for years, there is still a groundbreaking quality.
It could be that the pictures are mostly simple pencil sketches to help move the story along. Or it could be how they are used so cinematically. At times, like a chase scene late in the book, where words couldn't do justice, Selznick lets his images tell the story. And somehow manages to dazzle and amaze the reader by picking the right moments to show. He also keeps readers enthralled with mystery and magic. Not to mention film buffs will enjoy the film references and the integral part movies play to the story.
It may be a children's book. It may not be groundbreaking. It may not be directed by Scorsese (it won’t be). But The Invention of Hugo Cabret plays on our imaginations like only a true masterpiece can.

the_ice_berg's review

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lighthearted mysterious reflective fast-paced

4.0

estherhutchinson's review

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lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No

3.5

carsonelainee's review

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4.0

*4.5
so much nostalgia

efimerabonhomia's review against another edition

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5.0

Hugo Cabret es un niño que se acaba de quedar huérfano tras morir su padre en un incendio, su tío lo aloja en una de las estaciones de París y va aprendiendo el oficio de relojero mientras compagina resolver el último enigma que dejó su padre en vida: un autómata que utilizaban los magos antiguamente. Con la ayuda de una amiga de la estación, Hugo consigue poner en marcha el autómata descubriendo una imagen de la que le había hablado su padre muchas veces. Esa imagen lleva un nombre y ese nombre es conocido por ambos niños, es ahí cuando descubren la magia del cine y el precursor de la misma.

Viviré eternamente enamorada de este libro. Cometí el error de ver antes la película que el libro, pero igualmente, la magia no se ha roto en ningún momento. Este libro guarda la esperanza y la inocencia de los niños. La creencia de conseguir lo que uno quiere, y no puede haber mejor enseñanza que la de dejar libres los sueños, se consigan o no.

Además de intercalar la vida de Hugo con un poco de historia del cine, el libro le da vida a uno de los cineastas más importantes del cine, haciendo que su figura se torne más real y palpable. No tengo palabras para describir la evolución de sentir el fracaso del propio Georges a poder volver a verlo sentir de nuevo su pasión. Te agranda el corazón todas las sensaciones que encuentras entre las páginas.

Y no tengo palabras para esta edición de SM con los dibujos de Brian Selznick, no puede ser más increíble.

Creo que después de todo esto queda claro que ha entrado en la lista de mis libros favoritos.

"Si alguna vez te has preguntado de dónde vienen los sueños que tienes por la noche, mira a tu alrededor y lo sabrás. Aquí es donde nacen los sueños"

5/5