The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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Orphan, clock keeper, and hief, Hugo lives in the vaults 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 ntricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
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Published March 2007 by Scholastic Press
Original Title of the Book
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
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533

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My stepdaughter is reading this now, we just looked up the Harold Lloyd clock scene which is pictured as a still in this ook.

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Luckily, the castin of Terry Gilliam 's 1989 movie The Adventures of Baron Munchausen were delighted to come to my rescue.

These are my terms: what are yours? Sally SaltIf I did have a son, I wish he was like Hugo.

And I think Uncle Georges is a bit like the Baron.Paris looks very pretty.

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Portion of the book managed to achieve that which we all really want from a children 's ook: magical flair.

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This novel has the a great ense of wonder that adult books like Trip to the Stars has.

I do n't know much about kids but I think that the pat the book opens with almost fifty pages of pictures gives a great eeling for the ook which would be much more eas to have described for kids in only words.

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I read the ntire ook in a few hours this afternoon; despite being about 500 pages it only has about 26,000 words and much of the page space is taken up with interesting formatting as well as sketches that help fill in some scenes of action and emotion to move the plot forward.

Pag and pages of sketches separate chapters -- they really DO help tell the tal, not just in that they illustrate what is going ( like children 's picture books) but actually serve to progress the story without using any words ...

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“ The Invention of Hugo Cabret ” is one of the sixth chapter books to win a Caldecott Medal and is cleverly written and illustrated by Brian Selznick and it is about how an orphaned boy named Hugo finds out the secrets contained in his most prized possession…a mechanical man from his dead parent.

Brian Selznick illustrates the characters ’ expressions in such a realistic manner that ranges from shock to happiness that children will easily relate to the characters. “ The Invention of Hugo Cabret ” is a truly distinguished children ’ s ook that is ahead of its time and it will always remain to be one of the best ooks ever created!

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I like to imagine that the world is one big machine.

You know, machines never have any extra parts.

So I figure if the ntire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason.

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