I have to give the credit to my once reluctant, now engaged, reader and oldest son, Josh for getting his brother into Brian Selznick's Wonderous world of Invention. Thanks to Josh for picking this book, his younger brother has now experienced that excitement of loving a story and completing an entire novel for the first time. What's so fascinating about this book is that it's 533 pages but only 1/5 of the book is text, the rest is told through images. So his month long assignment-crammed into four days-to read a 100 page novel felt like he read a Stephen King sized book without all the brain-ache. This book was on of Al's pick's on the Today Show Book Club and is soon to be a 3-Dmovie directed by Martin Scorsese (link to trailer) .
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Orphan Hugo Cabret lives in a wall. His secret home is etched out in the crevices of a busy Paris train station. Part-time clock keeper, part-time thief, he leads a life of quiet routine until he gets involved with an eccentric, bookish young girl and an angry old man who runs a toy booth in the station. The Invention of Hugo Cabret unfolds its cryptic, magical story in a format that blends elements of picture book, novel, graphic novel, and film. Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Brian Selznick has fashioned an intricate puzzle story that binds the reader like a mesmerist's spell.On behalf of my two boys, I give this book 5 stars!
Check out Brian Selznick's other books we've been collecting.....
|The Robot King|
|Just in time for Halloween stories|
|Houdini - wow!|