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Hugo Cabret Coming to the Silver Screen January 22, 2010

Posted by dataduchess in Book Reviews.
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This morning, I came across a bit of pretty cool news: Martin Scorsese is adapting a movie based upon the absolutely amazing Caldecott-winning Young Adult novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

This book is fabulous, and is described on the book’s website:

This 526-page book is told in both words and pictures. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. Each picture (there are nearly three hundred pages of pictures!) takes up an entire double page spread, and the story moves forward because you turn the pages to see the next moment unfold in front of you.

I heard about the book when it first came out, and read it right away, instantly falling in love with the story, the pictures and the characters, especially Hugo. What worked so well for me in the book was the way the pictures advanced the story, and sometimes gave the feeling of viewing a film the way each picture so perfectly led to the next.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, perhaps deserves a place on our Monday Book Review list, but the Scorsese announcement is just too sweet to save. And to top it off, the website for the book is spectacular! I’m so glad I heard about the possibility of a movie, or I might never have looked for the site, and it’s worth exploring.



1. mike - January 23, 2010

In the right hands, Hugo Cabret could be an instant classic. Can’t wait!

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