Saturday, June 30, 2012

Student Saturday: The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Publisher:  Scholastic
Pages:  544
Genre:  Middle Grade, Fantasy
Student Reviewer:  Tate

This book takes place behind the walls of a train station in Paris, France.  The main characters are Hugo, his father, a girl, and an old man.  Hugo is a boy and runs the clocks in the train station.  He is twelve years old.  Hugo only has his father, but he ends up disappearing or dead.  There is also a mechanical man who can draw pictures of the future.

The girl Isabelle is the daughter of the grumpy old man who runs a toy booth in the station.  Hugo becomes friends with girl.  Hugo draws in a notebook and Hugo finds a mechanical man.

The father works in a museum and finds a mechanical man.  Hugo wants to find out how to make the mechanical man work.  His father left him a notebook that tells the way the mechanical man works.  The mechanical man draws pictures to give Hugo clues.  Isabelle thinks the mechanical man is her father's and that Hugo stole it because her key fit and the man writes her father's name.

This book reminds me of Percy Jackson because both main characters are boys and they both lost their family and feel lack in direction.

I would recommend this book to people  who like a good journey because it brings you out of this world. It is balanced between how a drawing tells a story and words tell a story.

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