The Invention of Hugo Cebret Book Review

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Author: Brain Selznick
Pages: 533 pgs
Reading Level: YA/MG
Published: March 1st 2007

The Invention of Hugo Cebret is a very entertaining and mysterious book. The story has many twists and turns, so you never really know whats going to happen and the characters are very interesting. The book itself contains pages of writing, accompanied by pictures to enhance the story. However, I actually would have preferred a little more writing, and fewer illustrations. Other than that, The Invention of Hugo Cebret is an awesome book and I highly recommend it. I love mysteries, and this was an excellent example of this type of story, so I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

Summary: Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery. 


  1. I read this with my then 5th Grade DS -- loved it!!

  2. Very proud of you, Lily!! Great review:)

  3. I loved this book! It has been so long since I have read it...

    I heard they are making it into a movie....


  4. So glad you read and enjoyed this book. I loved it! I thought it was very creative with the pictures contributing to the story to make it more movie-like. Jen is right, they are making it into a movie. Can't wait! :)


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