I love when reading is a sensory experience. The Invention Of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is one of the most tactile, gorgeous books I have ever had the pleasure of cracking open. Every single thing about this book works for me – from the art to the plot to the pacing. You guys, between The Invention Of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, I am enamored with Brian Selznick’s skills as both an artist and storyteller.
Hugo, the title character, lives inside a Paris train station. He makes the clock work, but nobody knows this and instead thinks it is his Uncle. Only, his uncle is kind of dead, so Hugo is an orphan. He also makes various items and is trying to figure out how to make this automaton his father left behind work. Meanwhile, Hugo crosses paths with this mean old toy stand owner and his granddaughter. The toy stand owner is carrying a few secrets of his own. I won’t say anything more because The Invention Of Hugo Cabret is a book best enjoyed if you go into it blind.
Brian Selznick’s art is stunning. I look at the level of detail involved in each picture and am blown away by the amount of work it must have taken to create something that feels so, for lack of a better word, magical. The drawings are all pencil and you can definitely see the mastery involved in bringing Hugo’s story to life.
This book, The Invention Of Hugo Cabret is why I don’t worry about the future of books, at least I won’t worry until readers are able to mimic the tactile experience that is Hugo Cabret, right down to the feel of the pages on your fingertips. Straight up, this book is a magical, immersive experience that I think you should all dive into at least once, if not multiple times. Y’all, The Invention Of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is one for the keeper shelf.
Disclosure: Borrowed copy from boyfriend’s family member.
Other reviews of The Invention Of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick:
Book Harbinger – “A quick yet meaningful winter read”