“The Invention of Hugo Cabret”July 17, 2008 at 5:36 pm | Posted in Children's Book, Fiction | Leave a comment
Here is an unusual book. The Invention of Hugo Cabret combines graphic art with storytelling, yet it is unlike other graphic novels. Sketches and photographs replace the text, sometimes for a single page, sometimes for several, and there are no captions or frames. Drawing from cinematography, Sedgewick mimics film when he uses multiple pages to create a close-up scene. It works. Huge as this book is, it’s a compelling story, and a quick read. It’s also aimed at the 9-12 audience; in fact I plan to give a copy to my nephew for the holidays.
Be careful with the book. The black edgings on the pages are somewhat easily marred, causing white divots. It’s not one I would carry around in my bag. (Well, that and that it must weigh two pounds).