Fun Finds For Mom

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

I ordered this book to read with the kids at bedtime about a month ago, and it is fantastic. The story is about a young orphan in Paris who lives in the hidden tunnels and passageways inside a train station. His job is to keep the station clocks running, but he also has a secret project — a link to his father, a clockmaker who was killed in a mysterious fire. I will stop there, partly because Idon’t want to give anything away, and party because I haven’t read the whole book yet. My 7 year old son finished it on his own, and now he’s letting me read it to him again. The many full page drawings throughout the book are amazing. I love hearing my son trying to express the feelings these pictures convey to him — he’s still trying to figure out how a pencil drawn picture can evoke such emotion.

AND, I just learned that this book has been made into a movie — a Martin Scorcese movie. It’s called Hugo and it comes out November 23. Here’s a link to the Hugo movie trailer. If you can get your  hands on the book before seeing the movie, do it! It’s a brick of a book, but the reading goes quickly since it’s sort of a half picture book, half chapter book. Enjoy!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick – from $9.99 Used on Amazon.com

Posted Monday, November 21, 2011 in Kids