Why I Love Hugo Cabret
November 16, 2010
Hugo Cabret is the main character in the Caldecott Medal winning book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Set in 1930’s Paris, author Brian Selznick tells the story of a young orphan, thief, and clock keeper through words and pictures. What makes this a great book is not just the unique and engaging way the story is told, but because of what I was able to take away from it.
Georges Méliès is a real filmmaker, but is presented in this book as if he existed in the world of Hugo Cabret. This filmmaker’s influence on pop culture can be seen in the Smashing Pumpkins video Tonight, Tonight. According to a letter written by Selznick, featured on Amazon.com, the idea of this book started floating around in his head after seeing some films by Méliès. The book came into clear focus, he says, after reading Edison’s Eve: The Quest for Mechanical Life by Gaby Woods. I encourage readers of every age to see the world through Hugo’s eyes.
Edison’s Eve: The Quest for Mechanical Life by Gaby Woods
Empires of the Imagination: A Critical Survey of Fantasy Cinema from Georges Méliès to the Lord of the Rings by Alec Worley
Before Hollywood by Paul Clee (available using WorldCat)
Fortunately, the Dead Bird by Remy Charlip (available using WorldCat)
Thirteen by Remy Charlip
Blue Ridge Branch