Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick
With 284 pages of original drawings, and combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Brian Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience. Here is a stunning, cinematic tour de force from a boldly innovative storyteller, artist and bookmaker. (Summary from book jacket and image from http://www.theinventionofhugocabret.com/)
My Review: This book has taken the school world by storm--it was made into a major motion picture which is usually a positive sign and was a fairly good movie too. Selznick said he wanted to combine his love of art and drawing with reading. I believe he created just that. This is the perfect book for the reluctant reader, especially male readers. It's a graphic novel that pushes the envelope of an actual novel, albeit a short one. The atmosphere felt dark, foreboding, and if I were a child reading it, maybe even scary. I loved the idea of magic mixed with mechanical objects and movies. All three of these things fascinate children. Huge faces major obstacles to his safety, happiness, and future simply by being an orphan. When his uncle inexplicably doesn't turn up, his life gets even more complicated. He must overcome his own fears and branch out past his little world of winding clocks if he will ever manage to fix the mechanical man. I also loved his friendship with Isabelle and the relationship that ensues from his interactions wit her godfather. The overall message is one of hope. And in today's world, I think this is a great message to build in children.
Rating: 4 Stars, although if I were a child reading this I would probably give this 4.5 or 5 stars.
Sum it up: A graphic novel bordering on short novel that will entice your reluctant reader and give him the faith to see himself as a reader after finishing!