A Future Harry Potter – The Invention of Hugo Cabret

So your kids are not reading, I hear you say, stuck on the PlayStation and on the TV, on every conceivable occasion and you are worried. Want the cure ?

It’s simple – Buy a copy of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick. Why, I hear you ask?  Because it’s possibly the best children’s book produced in recent years and is categorized under the heading  ‘must have’, if you want to stimulate your child’s imagination and get them into the habit of reading.

Winner of the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal in 2008, and like the writing’s of J.K. Rowling and Roald Dahl, both children and adults will be totally enthralled and captivated by the magical story of Hugo Cabret, an orphaned 11 year old clock keeper, living in a Parisian train station.

In addition to a thrilling adventure, involving secrets, an automaton (mechanical robot) and an eccentric little girl, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” delivers over 300 of the most marvellous hand drawn sketches, which accompany and elaborate upon the text. Click here to watch the opening sequence of drawings in this magical read.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret” is not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie yet, but rather a combination of all things required to captivate young minds.

Each picture, and there are nearly three hundred pages of pictures, takes up an entire double page spread, and the story moves forward, as you turn each page for a glimpse of the next moment unfolding in text. Teachers take note, this is for the classroom.

ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put into jeopardy.

A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message all come together so brilliantly, in “The Invention of Hugo Cabret“.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret can be ordered through Book Worm, Liberty Square, Thurles. This book is suitable for all children aged 6 – 60, and with its spellbinding pictures, the book encourages the less experienced readers. Although maybe at first glance, slightly expensive, this book is worth every solitary cent. Indeed, in its short lifespan, it has even attracted the attention of acclaimed director Martin Scorsese.

This is a book which children will want to possess, will want read at bedtime, discuss for hours, boast as to ownership, while loaning it to close friends, will be totally out of the question.

Meet the future successor to Harry Potter.


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