The Invention of Hugo Cabret Book Becomes More Irresistable After a Trip to its Website
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I couldn’t help but share Brian Selznick’s Hugo Cabret book Website. Mainly because it’s so interesting. The Hugo Cabret book site is rather simple but Selznick uses it to help visitors discover the sources of his inspiration—and he does so in a way that alludes to the depth of his Hugo Cabret book.
Officially titled The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Selznick’s wildly popular book is one of those rare pieces of literature that has been turned into a blockbuster on the silver screen. The movie, Hugo, is in theaters now and getting rave reviews.
Selznick’s photo references, a couple of kids he met in New York at different times and in different places, are a small piece of the offering that makes it worth a trip the Hugo Cabret book Website.
After meeting young friends who looked the part, Selznick took care of necessary details. A boy named Garrett was the reference for Hugo. His mom brought him to Selznick’s home so Garrett could get costumed up and ready to model for the star role. Seeing reference photos of real kids next to Brian’s artistic interpretations of his characters gives one a sense of the amount of work that goes into a project like the Invention of Hugo Cabret.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret book is as thick as the latest Harry Potter installments but consists mainly of illustrations by Brian Selznick. In fact, 284 of the some 533 pages are illustrations that urge readers forward. The illustrations tell the story of Hugo Cabret, a twelve-year-old boy who is orphaned when his father is tragically killed in a fire. Taken in by a pathetic uncle, Hugo finds himself living somewhere within the walls of a Paris train station. Hugo’s only solace seems to be found in continuing his father’s efforts to restore an incredibly complex automaton to working condition. Hugo is motivated by a belief that the automaton will deliver a message from his father.
Of course, no story of this nature would be complete without events that threaten to reveal the protagonist’s secrets and destroy all hope. Ultimately, Hugo’s destiny is intricately woven into the life of Georges Méliès, a real-life French illusionist and filmmaker who pioneered several cinematography techniques in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. A Trip to the Moon (1902) and The Impossible Voyage (1904) are considered to be his most important productions and are regarded highly amongst early science fiction films.
Visit the Website and buy the book. You won’t be disappointed.
Buy The Invention of Hugo Cabret
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