The Invention of Hugo Cabret : A Novel in Words and Pictures, Hardback

The Invention of Hugo Cabret : A Novel in Words and Pictures Hardback

4 out of 5 (5 ratings)


ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity.

But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and her grandfather, 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 intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 534 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9781407103488



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Magical illustrations, fast paced story, lovable characters, historical tie-ins - this heavily illustrated young adult novel was a delightful, fast read. My daughter's 5th grade teacher read this book to her class and they all loved it. My daughter couldn't wait for me to finish so we could discuss the story. We both enjoyed the wealth of additional online information on automata, early films and Parisian train stations referenced in the acknowledgements. Highly recommended for all ages.

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A bit disappointing. Beautiful images on a very weak plot, and the cinematographic effect does not catch so much as one would expect. Maybe a good book for children, but not for adults who like children's books.

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This is a wonderfully crafted book full of beautiful illustrations, a unique story-telling style and a magical and truly moving plot. Don't be put off by the size of it (it is immense by young adult book standards) as you will fly through this page-turner at break-neck speed. I'm not going to ruin the book for anyone by elaborating on the plot-line. I just heartily recommend The Invention of Hugo Cabret to all, young and old alike.

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the invention of hugo cabret is a great book. i will read it again in the future. i encourge people to read it.

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Entertaining book about a boy who lives behind the walls of a trainstation in Paris taking care of the clocks in that station. He was apprenticed to his drinking uncle until said uncle went missing. In the meantime, Hugo steals food enough to eat and toy parts from a toy booth to repair an automaton he found in a burnt museum. After being caught stealing by the toy owner, through his various adventures, Hugo discovers that the toy shop owner is a famous french film maker who was thought dead and the original builder of the automaton. This was an entertaining book, especially the large volume of very good black and white pencil drawings that illustrate the volume. I read it in anticipation of the film version.

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