Context: this was a gift for my niece which I read before placing under the tree for our belated Christmas celebration.
Selznick really cares that children capture the beauty of the world around them. This comes through very clearly not only in the story of Hugo Cabret but in the care that he has taken to put together an entire publication which will captivate the average child and give them all they need to get lost in a world of make-believe.
The book itself is beautiful. I got the DVD Gift edition. It’s hardback with gold edging, quality paper and a beautifully illustrated cover. Once inside it just gets even better. The book is half prose half illustration and this is a lovely balance. There are also several stills from films and events which the story refers to.
Even the afterword is accommodating to children, where Selznick takes the time to describe the sources that inspired him to write the story with details to help the children explore more for themselves.
The story isn’t a classic but it is a good read. I think kids will love it, relate to it and want you to read them just one more chapter before you switch out the light. It’s everything a children’s book should be and I think my niece will love it.
From his perch behind the clock, Hugo could see everything.
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