Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hugo Cabret

Hugo premieres at movie theaters on November 23.  This picture is based on Brian Selznick's book Invention of Hugo Cabret.  The book is a combination of a picture book, chapter book, and graphic novel, in a way.  It is geared for kids ages 9 - 12 but will keep the attention of older children and adults and won the 2008 Caldecott Medal for being the most distinguished picture book of the year.  More than 200 pencil-drawn illustrations help to tell the story of an orphan boy who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station.  The mystery revolves around a mechanical man, a hidden message, a stolen key, a special notebook, and friends.  Visit the offical website for a trailer.  The producers have been saying that the movie will be a "close rendering of the original work".  I'm hoping that's true and that the movie is as incredible as the book. 

Selznick also has a new publication out last month titled Wonderstruck done in the same format.  It is also an amazing read.  Check them both out at the library today!

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