S: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
BC: LIS 403 | Lori Dore & Shelly Treleaven
1: Picture Books for Young Adults LIS 403 Prepared for: Gail De Vos | Created by: Lori Dore & Shelly Treleaven
2: Author and Illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret: Brian Selznick
3: Brian Selznick was born in 1966 in New Jersey; he studied at The Rhode Island School of Design, and then worked at Eeyore's Books for Children in New York. Brian's first book was The Houdini Box. He both wrote and illustrated this book that was published in 1991. Since then he has illustrated numerous books and has written two other books, The Boy of a Thousand Faces,The Robot King and The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Brian currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.
5: Awards for The Invention of Hugo Cabret 2008 Caldecott Metal National Book Finalist New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2007 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2007 2007 Quill Award Winner 2007 Borders Original Voices Finalist 2007 #1 Best Book for Kids from Barnes and Noble Parenting Magazine - "Mom-Tested Book of the Year" Miami Herald Best Kids Book of 2007 Rocky Mountain News Best Book of 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2007 Kansas City Star Top 100 Books of 2007 Columbus Dispatch Best Book of 2007 Los Angeles Times Favorite Children's Book of 2007 Kidsreads.com Best Book of 2007
6: Selznick wrote and illustrated The Boy of a Thousand Faces, The Houdini Box, and The Robot King.
7: Frindle by Andrew Clements and The Doll People by Ann Martin and Laura Godwin were illustrated by Selznick.
9: Books Illustrated by Brian Selznick Frindle The Landry News The School Story Lunch Money Doll Face Has a Party Our House The Boy Who Longed For a Lift Barnyard Prayers The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins Walt Whitman: Words for America Marly's Ghost The Doll People The Meanest Doll in the World Riding Freedom Amelia and Eleanor fo for a Ride When Marian Sang The Dulcimer Boy The Boy of a Thousand Faces Wingwalker
10: The appeal of The Invention of Hugo Cabret is that this rather large book (over 500 pages) is not an intimidating read. For many young adults this book with its almost 300 pages of pictures that resemble old black and white movies, would bolster their confidence as the ability to understand the pictures is just as important as the words. This book would provide an apprehensive reader the confidence to tackle more challenging books
11: Teens are attracted to this book as it is about a young boy surviving on his own in a city that does not even know he exists. Hugo relies on his wit and instincts. He can trust no-one but himself. While the story is set more than 80 years ago the timeless themes of survival, loneliness, mystery and ghosts provide appeal to readers of all ages.
13: Hugo Cabret is a 12 year old boy who lives in the walls of a Paris train station in 1931. Hugo is a thief, a clock-keeper, an orphan and a survivor. Hugo must keep all 27 of the train station clocks running smoothly just as his uncle did. He must also keep his work and his whole life behind the walls a secret. Hugo struggles to survive and to understand the secret past of his deceased father's life, his cryptic drawings and the importance of the mechanical man his father left behind. Hugo believes that if he can fix this automaton he will receive a special message from his father. Hugo encounters a young girl and her father who run the toy booth in the train station as he attempts to put the pieces together without compromising his whole existance. Hugo begins to realize that he is connected to the toy seller in ways he could never have imagined. Just as Hugo is beginning to make sense of it all his undercover life behind the train station walls is exposed. Hugo's life will never be the same.
15: Pictures tell Hugo's story. While the size of this book may be intimidating for some, the story can be read quickly and develops vividly in your mind's eye with the rich black and white drawings done by the author himself. Just as drawings are essential for Hugo to understand his past, so are the drawings essential to the reading experience of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
16: The story begins with a wriiten request for readers to imagine they are in a movie theatre. For the next 40 plus pages we are seeing the film unfold through the picture before we see text again. Selznick opens the story using black pages and wide black borders to move the reader scene by scene into the Paris train station, behind the walls and out front of the toy store. Readers feel they are watching an old time movie frame by frame. Selznick himself was facinated with the true story of Georges Melies a film maker, magician who fell on hard times. This story is not only about Hugo but it is also about Hugo's connection to Melies and Hugo's father. Selznick was inspired by early cinema when he wrote the Invention of Hugo Cabret.
17: Selznick researched the history of cinema, visited museums and archives and made several trips to Paris. He also watched movies made by Georges Melies including A Trip to the Moon, which is mentioned in the book. This influence is apparent in the content of the story and the unique style in which it is presented.
18: Selznick uses both full page pencil drawings and text to reveal the story. The 500 page plus book can be read in a few hours because of the nearly 300 pictures. Each drawing takes up a double page spread showing intense up close perspectives and others that seem more impartial because they are done from a distance.
19: Selznick has been quoted as saying that "the pictures pick up where the prose leaves off- and propel the story forward." (Norris, M., The Intricate Cinematic World of Hugo Cabret)
21: uthor Brian Selznick uses pencil dra
22: Can you see the initials?
23: Originally Selznick planned on having one drawing per chapter but he began to experiment with the idea of a novel being told with pictures. Selznick had to actually remove text that he wanted to replace with his drawings. He credits his childhood interest in Houdini and the story of the Borrowers , a tiny family who lived beneath the floorboards for helping him develop the story for Hugo. A trademark of Selznick 's illustrations has been to hide the intials of a friend within one of the drawings. In this street scene he has woven the intials into the background of the building.
24: SO ... What happens next for The Invention of Hugo Cabret? Entertainment News states in their May 5th, 2008 article that 'Ice Age' director Chris Wedge is adapting the novel for GK Films and Warner Brothers, who acquired the screen rights to The Invention of Hugo Cabret in 2007. Look for this coming to your 'Big' screens in 2010!
27: Sources http://www.theinventionofhugocabret.com/about hugo intro http://www.scholastic.ca/titles/hugocabret/interview.htm http://www.mjcpl.org/yourspace/book-pick-the-invention-of-hugo-cabret-with-video http://hugocabretbookblog.blogspot.com/ http://www.theinventionofhugocabret.com/slideshow flash.htm