Monday, March 26, 2007

Mock Newbery: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Title: The Invention of HUGO CABRET
Author: Brian Selznick
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press,2007
ISBN: 0439813786

Imagine a combination of "Griffin and Sabine" and "The Thief Lord". Abandoned
(orphaned) child in a Parisian train station, theives out of necessistiy and keeps
the clocks running so as not to have his uncles's disappeatrance noticed. This
tender book is a combination of art that unfolds in cinematic fashion, echoing
(presaging) the events in the text. An automaton in need of repair holds the clue to
characters pasts and their futures. Skillful blending of text and art brings an
added dimension to the storytelling. While the book works on more than one level, is
this the finest of literature or an author's fancy?

Review by: Beth J., CLTR

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Can this stand alone of the merits ot text? It will definitely be on my final list because it was outstanding, memorable, groundbreaking. But is it the best book? Should it also be considered for Caldecott?
Beth J, Closter