As mentioned earlier, my youngest is hooked on Brian Selznick novels. So, I went to the library and picked up Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, winner of The Caldecott Medal in 2008. After she finished reading The Invention of Huge Cabret, she passed it on to me so that we could then watch the movie, Hugo Cabret together.
Again, Selznick’s drawings do not disappoint, but help draw me into the story. What differs in this book than from Wonderstruck is how the drawings follow the plot versus the pictures creating a storyline of their own.
What I appreciate is how Selznick weaves historical truth into his fiction, so I learned a great deal about early films and specifically about Georges Melies and his collection of automata.
More than anything, though, is my joy at how these novels mesmerize my seven-year-old reader. In fact, tomorrow I am being sent back to the library in order to find more Selznick novels.
Although hesitant at first to watch the movie Hugo Cabret due to a friend saying how scary it was when Hugo turns into a robot (spoiler alert: it was a dream), my seven-year-old and I snuggled and watched with much anticipation. We enjoyed how the majority of the movie followed the book, but felt bad when we realized Etienne never made an appearance. Personally, I preferred the overall pace of the movie as compared to the book, but as always, I do believe the book was better.