Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By Brian Selznick

This book is about a 12-year old boy named Hugo who has no family and secretly lives in the walls of a Paris train station. He is really good at fixing things. Every morning he wakes up and sneaks to the station cafe to steal food, and then winds and fixes all of the clocks in the train station. Hugo has to be very cautious going about his day because if he gets caught by the mean station inspector, he will go to an orphanage!

Before Hugo became an orphan, he had a dad who liked fixing things, too. Throughout the story Hugo tries to fix a robot that he had worked on with his dad before his dad died. The robot looks like a man that writes, and it is called an automan.

One of the coolest things about this book is all of the pictures! There are lots and lots of detailed pictures that help tell the story. I really enjoyed seeing pictures of the automan.

You will like this book if you like adventures, mysteries, and picture clues!

This book is tied as one of my top 3 all-time favorite books. You HAVE to read it. It is super duper awesome!

To learn more about this book, you can visit the author's website at:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Rating: 5 out of 5 worms

Pages: 533
Interest Level: Ages 9 to 12
Reading Level: Grades 4 to 7


  1. Good to know! We did not like the movie they made based on this book, so I wasn't sure about reading it. We will give it a shot though, with a 5 Worm recommendation!

  2. The book is MUCH better than the movie! I only liked the movie okay.

  3. I can't wait to tell Sarah about this book . Thanks for the great review. You rock!