“It was an unexpected pleasure receiving my copy of ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’, it definitely was not what I had expected at all. Having never seen the book before, I had expected the standard picture book format, seeing as it’s listed in the picture book section of the website. What I got however was this: One fat book!
I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between words and pictures, especially in this instance where the book is essentially half prose and half picture book.” You can read the full post by clicking here.
Since writing the post I have read “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and watched the film. I have commented on the art of story telling being more than just words before. I may be a writer but I also appreciate the relationship between the word and the image. This was one of the most surprising aspects of Hugo.
Having never read a book by Brian Selznick before I didn’t know what to expect, well I thought I was going to get a picture book. I was mistaken. It is the perfect balance of prose and image, everything about the book is simply beautiful. The pages, the layout, the illustrations. I now want to get my hands on a copy of Wonderstruck.
Every now and then, you read a book that takes your breath away, it’s sometimes hard to explain why certain books do this, maybe it’s just reading them at the right time. In this case, I think I was open to something magical with a sense of hope.
Like many who have read Hugo, I got on to Google and typed in Georges Melies to find out more. It lead me to one of his films, and also to the conclusion that I am not alone. Sometimes after a reading a great book I feel alone, in my little bubble of emotion, but today I discovered I wasn’t alone, there are loads of other people floating by me in their little “Hugo” appreciation bubble too!