I have just finished reading this beautiful and charming book. I am in love!! If I have to give any child a gift in the near future, this will be the gift. Here is just a few examples of the charcoal drawings within this book:
This is the story of a young boy, Hugo, who lives within the walls of a train station in Paris. An orphan, he was left in the custody of his uncle, the clock keeper for the train station. However, when Hugo’s uncle disappears, Hugo continues to live at the station and tends to the clocks. Quite the talented little thief, Hugo has been stealing from the toy booth, in hopes of fixing the miniature mechanical man his father left him before he died. The owner of the toy booth catches Hugo stealing and discovers his notebook, a collection of drawings that Hugo has been working on in an attempt to fix the mechanical man. The toy booth owner takes an alarming interest in this notebook and takes it from Hugo, threatening to burn it. Who is the toy booth owner and why does he care about Hugo’s sketches of the mechanical man? What message does the mechanical man have for Hugo? What follows is a tale of magic, beauty and dreams told through words and beautiful charcoal drawings.
Watch this trailer for a look into this stunning world that Selznick has created: