The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

This book is an intriguing combination of graphic novel and traditional narrative. The illustrations are beautiful (the author is most well-known for his illustrations), and unlike either a picture book or graphic novel, are completely separate from the text, and some parts of the story are told only through the pictures. It’s fun to try to watch for clues in the illustrations, and see how certain aspects are used later in the text. The novel takes place in a Paris train station in 1931, and the drawings invoke it wonderfully. Selznick was influenced by the art of early movies, as well, but I won’t say any more so as not to risk giving away the plot!

~ Sarah

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