Rating: 4 stars
Shelf: Reading Now
Absolutely incredible. A mixture of mediums/genres – YA lit, graphic novel and historical fiction – Brian Selznick weaves a wonderful tale using everything he has at his disposal. The result is a fast paced novel that pays with all of the reader’s senses, and draws us in more quickly than any traditional book could.
Hugo is an orphaned and abandoned young boy, living within the walls of a train station in France, and maintaining the station’s clocks. He works diligently to bring an automaton to life – one that his father had been attempting to fix prior to his death. It isn’t until the day that he meets an old toy-store clerk, his goddaughter and a mystery drawing is unveiled that the wheels and cogs of Hugo’s life start to click into place.