The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, 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, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, 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.  (Amazon)

This book is such a quick, nice read. It is filled with lots of drawings and pictures to go along with the text (which isn’t much) and it turns the story in some kind of movie. You can finish this book in less than half a day. The main character, Hugo, is a really loveable character. You can easily relate to him and his struggles of staying alive as a 12-year old in a station full of strangers and adults.

I read the Dutch version of the book, so I’m not the one to judge Selznick’s writing style, but the story was really well written in my opinion. Together with the pictures you could see it all before you, the strain station with all of the clocks, the other characters, the movies that are mentioned…

If you’re ever looking for a quick read, that you’ll love and that won’t take much of your time, then give this book a go. It might be nice for a readathon too!


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