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Book Review: "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick

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Librarian: Jill Coffrin, Youth Services Librarian, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston.

Book: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Age range: 9-12

Coffrin's summary: What secrets hide inside a 1920s Paris train station? This book, full of mystery and magic, tells the story of Hugo, a 12-year-old orphan who lives in the station walls. Years ago, Hugo's father discovered a rusty robot figure, and Hugo is determined to unlock the mystery of this machine using drawings in his father's notebook.

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Told through richly detailed black-and-white drawings as well as text, the story unfolds like a jigsaw puzzle in pictures. This book is inspired by the true story of French filmmaker, Georges Méliès. 

Why kids will enjoy it: The pictures! This book is over 500 pages long, but it quickly draws readers in. Its fast pace and beautiful artwork capture young readers as they become part of Hugo's adventure. It's a great choice for reluctant readers and young artists.

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