book review: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

I recently read this fascinating book.  It’s an innovative mix of wordless pictures interspersed with pages of text.  It’s a quick read, and I loved it!

delightful, exciting mix of mystery, adventure, books and film

This book is geared toward young adults, but don’t let that stop you. Selznick offers an exciting story in a novel format. The book is neither traditional novel nor graphic novel: Selznick mixes pages of text with pages of wordless illustrations which flesh out characters and advance the plot.

Hugo Cabret is an orphan who lived in the train station, where his uncle keeps the clocks running. But his uncle has disappeared, so Hugo keeps the clocks going while trying to fix a mysterious automaton his father left behind. Add in a toy peddler, an audacious young girl, a bookseller, and an adolescent cinephile, and you have a recipe for success!  (And we learn something about early cinema to boot.)

Although the book is 550 pages, it took about two hours to read (due to all the picture pages): It was the most pleasurable and easy two hours I’ve spent in a long time!