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Summary: Hugo (12) is an orphan. He ekes out a living as a thief in a Paris train station. He also repairs the clocks, using what his father, a clockmaker now deceased, had shown him. Hugo wants to repair a robot that his father had built, and steals parts from a a toy kiosk in the Paris train station. Then the inevitable happens - he is caught by the toy seller. In repaying his debt, Hugo discovers he is not the only one with secrets to be kept. This is a story set in 1931 Paris, told through narrative and illustrations.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 11 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: This book is fantastic and is one of my all-time favorites. Hugo Cabret has an awesome vibe. The artwork is equally as great as the text story. That doesn’t mean there are some things that I wouldn’t change. The first thing: in showing a character's mysteriousness they wore a magician's cape. That isn't mysterious, just overkill. Some people say that book was boring and moved slow in some parts it wasn’t like that for me, but it might be something to watch out for, I would suggest giving it as a gift or picking it up at a library because most likely I feel that reader of the book will be happy with the book no matter where they got it
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: This is a unique, magical reading experience on many levels, both in plot and visually. Sharing The Invention of Hugo Cabret is an experience, not just a read out loud book.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that gets "richer" with every read.
Educational Themes: The plot asks a lot of questions. It is very surprising for the characters, and possibly
you. Some themes of this book would be mystery, film making, thievery, friendship, and that the
past may surprise you.
Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from their local library.