Book: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Genre: YA, sort of graphic novel-ish, historical fiction
Awards: Caldecott Medal
Last week, I got to sort shelves for the first time at my library job. I did a couple of carts in the teen section, which was quite hazardous since I wanted to check out nearly everything I touched. I resisted pretty well, until I came across this book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Having heard many good things about it, and needing a quick read to reach my last minute 100 books mark, I snatched it up and took it home.
Wow... and I was not disappointed! What a wonderful little... big... book! It's about an orphan boy who hides away in the train station in Paris, winding the clocks, and making it appear that his uncle is still alive, even collecting his uncle's checks but not knowing how to cash them. His sole purpose, besides surviving, is to fix an automaton (a robot type toy) that his dad had been working on before he died. In the process, he discovers who the old, crotchety man who runs the toy store in the station really is!
Great story and full of wonderful amazing pictures. Also, included is a bit of a history of the first movies. Really interesting stuff. Once I finished, I handed it off to my younger kids, both of whom devoured it and are now asking, "What else has this guy written?" So my next quest s to bring home more Brian Selznick from the library for them.