A fantastic story told partly through often long stretches of incredible wordless pictures and other times with traditional text passages. A unique reading experience.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, 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, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
“Reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is like entering into a 1930s black and white movie. Why is that? It’s because of the book’s unusual use of illustrations, for which Selznick was awarded the 2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal…” – http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/middleschool/fr/hugo_cabret.htm
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is being made into a live-action movie called “HUGO” directed by Martin Scorsese, to be released November 2011. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970179/