Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Length: 533 pages
Audiobook Length: 2 hours and 51 minutes
First Published: 2007
Orphaned Hugo lives in a Paris train station, keeping the clocks and stealing food to survive. When the toymaker catches him stealing, Hugo becomes intertwined with the grumpy man and his lively goddaughter and finds his deepest secret is in danger. I downloaded the audiobook for my family to listen to in the car during a quick day trip, and we were hooked. We had a great time together discussing the book, and my kids thought it was the best part of our trip.
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.
Quotes from The Invention of Hugo Cabret
If you’ve ever wondered where your dreams come from when you go to sleep at night, just look around. This is where they are made.
Maybe we are all cabinets of wonders.
If you lose your purpose…it’s like you’re broken.
It looks like the whole city is made out of stars.
Movie Trailer for Hugo (2011)
About Brian Selznick
Brian Selznick is a children’s author and illustrator whose works include The Houdini Box, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck, and The Marvels. He currently divides his time between New York and San Diego, California. Visit the author’s website →