Hugo Cabret Luiz Gustavo

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Hugo Cabret Luiz Gustavo

The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a different sort of book: amongst its 533 pages, 284 contain pictures (original illustrations as well as real photographs from the time period) but I cannot really say that this is an illustrated book nor it is a graphic novel. The pictures tell part of the story – albeit a silent one – as much as the writing, in traditional narrative, does. In that sense, the images are not complementary, they are essential. Without them the story would not exist. As a format, it works wonderfully: it is evocative, beautifully capturing the time period and the Paris of the early 30s.

Hugo Cabret

Written E Illustrated by Luiz Pereira and Aziz Moine

Hugo Cabret, a brave 12 year old boy, who is also a thieft, a clock keeper, and an orphan. After his father died in a fire, he was left with his uncle. The only thing his father had left him with was a notebook filled with drawings of an automaton. Hugo works to put the automaton, which he found among the rubble of the burnt museum, back together by stealing parts from a man's toy booth. The toy booth's owner, George Melies catches Hugo and as a punishment, Melies takes the Hugo's notebook. In order for Hugo to get the notebook back, he asks, Melies' God daughter, Isabella to find it and give it back to him. During the meantime, Hugo works at Melies' booth so that he may give the book back. At last, Isabellla finds the notebook and returns it to Hugo. Once Hugo gets the automaton back together, he realizes that he is lacking the key to it. However, Isabella's necklace, which holds a key catches Hugo's eye. Without Isabella even knowing it, Hugo takes her necklace. The key is a perfect fit! From here is where the answers to Hugo's burning questions about George Melies and his relation to the automaton unfolds. Little did Hugo know that he and Melies had so much in common until he started connecting the dots.

The beginning of the story called The Invention of Hugo Cabret unfurls like a miniature silent film — even though it is a book, written and illustrated by Brian Selznick.The book tells the story of Hugo Cabret, an orphan who lives in a Paris train station. Along the way, readers also meet a young girl named Isabelle and her godfather, a gruff old man who runs a small toy booth in the train station.

The themes of having a sense of purpose, survival, self-discovery, and dreams is carried through this story. Hugo felt that his purpose was to fix the automaton so that George Melies would once again find his purpose. The theme of survival is found because Hugo must struggle to survive on his own in the train station. Self-discovery is also another main theme found since Hugo gradually learns what he is capable of becoming and who he is as a person. Lastly, the theme of dreams is found in this book because if you dream big enough and work hard, you can achieve anything you could ever imagine.

Hugo Cabret


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