Time to move on from picture books. Er…wait a second…
Our next book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (the book has its own website!) is written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. A few years ago it won the Caldecott Medal, the award given for the the best illustrations in American children’s literature. 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. He is a well known illustrator, most notable designing the covers of nearly all of Andrew Clements’ books.
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.
It is important to note that the pictures in this book must be “read.” The do not go along with the text, they replace the text. So don’t zip by them. Pay attention!
Have fun reading!
Also, we’ll be doing an optional, non-book Guys Read activity for this month. Stay tuned.
Meeting: Thursday, March 31, rockets at 5:30, book club at 6:30
Also: Here’s a bunch of stuff related to the book. Lots of links to movies mentioned in the book, a few other links, and the whole movie of A Trip to the Moon! Click on to check it out!
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. It’s not the best quality. But it’s like 100 years old!
- 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.