Well, I’d have to say I’m more excited for this book than any other this year. How could I not be?
The Invention of Hugo Cabret (the book has its own website!) is written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. Last year it won the Caldecott Medal. Usually only picture books win that award. This is a novel! That’s crazy!
Mr. Selznick illustrated the cover of a previous GR book, The Janitor’s Boy.
There are not really any other books like this one. Mr. Selznick pushed the boundary of what we think a novel can be. I’m very interested to know what you think about it.
Another reason I’m so excited for this book is that the author is coming to Bellingham in March! It’s a little spendy for kids, but I’ll be going to the Children’s Literature Conference at Western Washington University, and Mr. Selznick is one of the featured authors! I can’t wait to hear what he has to say! I’ll report back to you, for sure.
Have fun reading!
Update: 1/24/09 – I’ve added a bunch of links to things. And the whole movie of A Trip to the Moon!
Here are links to clips movies mentioned in the book:
- Safety Last, starring Harold Lloyd
- The Arrival of the Train at La Ciotat, by the Lumiere brothers; one of the first movies ever made!
- The Vanishing Lady, by Georges Méliès. This is on YouTube, so you can’t watch it at school. It is also not the best quality.
- The Clock Store, a Disney “Silly Symphony” from 1931.
- Paris Asleep, by René Clair. It is silent, and the caption cards are in French, but it’s interesting to look at.
- The Million, also by René Clair. This is just a clip. This movie is the first French musical with singing parts. Sorry, no English subtitles. This one is also YouTube.
In his credits at the end, Mr. Selznick said you could find out more about Georges Méliès here.
He also said you could see a real automaton here. One of the videos there features Mr. Selznick himself.