The Invention Of Hugo Cabret

hugocabret by Brian Selznick

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ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old 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 girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train 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 all come together…in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

This 526-page book is told in both words and pictures. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. Each picture (there are nearly three hundred pages of pictures!) takes up an entire double page spread, and the story moves forward because you turn the pages to see the next moment unfold in front of you


Part 1 Chapters 1,2: How clockworks work

The Tragic Train Wreck of 1895 in Paris, France


Author’s site About Hugo

Scholastic’s interactive site

Martin Scorsese’s Hugo movie

Maillardet’s Automation (videos)

Paris Paper Cuts

For Teachers

Library Lesson I.D.E.A.s (worksheets Gr. 3-7)

Eduscapes Library

Ed Helper Worksheets (must be member $)

Webquest by Teacher Materials