Monday, November 19, 2007

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

I think this book could be one of the best "hook" books around. I just showed the first few pages to some students and read the first page of text and they were hooked! They all wanted to check it out. How creative of Brian Selznick to design a new type of book. It's a cross between a graphic novel, fiction, and picture book. He tells the story through illustrations and words. It's uniqueness is attractive to reluctant readers and inspiring to avid readers alike. The thickness of it might scare some readers but they will definitely be won over as they open the first page. The art work is amazing and I love how he tells the story through the pictures and doesn't just illustrate the text. What a great way to build inferencing skills than by "reading" the story through pictures. I am excited to be able to share this book with my students and happy to see it on the Texas Bluebonnet Book list for 2007-2008.

1 comment:

max said...

I grew up hating to read. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries especially for boys 8 - 13, who also may not like to read.

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My blog, Books for Boys, ranks in the top 5 on Yahoo and the top 20 on Google and you can find it at There you will also find links to my author's web site and another blog with 50 pages of reviews.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you,

Max Elliot Anderson
Now, from an author who hated to read...comes books kids hate to put down.