All I need to be entertained are cats within ear-scratching distance and a good book . . .OK, maybe that's not ALL I need, but it's a good start.

I love to read. And I love to get recommendations for books to read.

I started Cats and a Book to share the books I read with others. Some I love, some I don't, but you may love the ones I don't, so you're welcome to post your own comments and suggestions.

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Happy reading!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, is a winner of the Caldecott Medal and the book on which the recent movie Hugo is based.  The book is a piece of art as much as it is a novel, with elaborate illustrations by the author that often cover full pages or two-page spreads which move the story forward and vividly feed the reader's imagination. For that reason, the paper book might be a more rewarding to own than a digital copy.

The book's central character is Hugo Cabret, a twice-orphaned boy who is rebuilding an automaton, a robotic human he found in the clock tower where he lives.  Hugo's father, a clock maker, is lost in a tragic fire, and his uncle, who becomes his guardian on his father's death, disappears and  is presumed dead.  Hugo takes over the clock maker's duties in order to hide his uncle's disappearance from the stationmaster and keep from being sent to a orphans' home.

Hugo's project leads him to pilfer small pieces from a mechanical toy maker's shop in order to rebuild the automaton.  When the toy maker catches Hugo and confiscates his precious notebook with its automaton designs and drawings, Hugo makes a deal that leads him to solve the mystery of the automaton and its creator.

A beautiful book with an engaging protagonist in Hugo, The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a book for all ages.  It was published in 2007 by Scholastic Press.

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