The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret - This one surprised me by turning out to be about a long-ago French filmmaker and magician named Georges Melies. If you want to know how Hugo Cabret fits into the picture, so to speak, you'll just have to read the book. Kids who like mechanical things would groove on this book with all the clockworks in the Paris train station, the mechanical toys, and the tinkering Hugo likes to do. Don't be put off by the page count. Hundreds of those pages are taken up by pencil drawings. Both of Brian Selznick's books have a strong orphaned child theme. Kids without parents around to manage their lives certainly make for more interesting stories. Having recently read Wonderstruck, I can't help comparing the two books. For me, Wonderstruck was the better of the two. The two story lines, fifty years apart, make it more interesting, and I thought the drawings had more overall visual appeal.