The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

January 9th, 2014 by

hugo_cabretSubmitted by Elena, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★½

Hugo Cabret is a fiction novel in words and pictures by Brian Selznick. It is an amazing book about Hugo, a little boy, whose parents aren’t with him any more and he lives at the top of clock. Only to know the one thing he wants to fix is a toy man that can write. My favorite part is when he first fixes the man and he writes his new friends grandfather’s name.You will love this book if you are into fiction books and mysteries.

Hugo Movie Review

December 2nd, 2011 by

hugo-movie-posterLike the station inspector chasing after Hugo, or Hugo and Isabelle seeking out the answer to a mystery, last week Nancy and Karen went in search of a magical movie experience… We saw Hugo, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick!

And did the movie deliver? To find out, you’ll just have to watch the video review below! You know, just like Hugo and Isabelle watching a film, or — oh, forget it, let’s just get to the review:

(PS – If you’re on the go — or busy winding the clocks at the local train station — don’t worry, you can still listen to our review. Just download the audio.)

Have you seen the new movie Hugo? Leave a comment with YOUR review! How do you think it compared to the book? And what do you think: do you need to know the book already in order to enjoy the film?

Kidsmomo Podcast #34: “Hard-Knock Life”

September 29th, 2010 by

A small town in need of inspiration. Secret rooms in a Paris train station. A hidden courtyard in a sprawling mansion. We visit them all in our latest podcast, all about books about orphans — these characters definitely struggle, but they also find adventure, and we’re along for the ride!

    Download the MP3 (10.6 MB)

  • Meet a Maniac and Mars Bars — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our Orphan book picks (The Invention of Hugo Cabret and The Secret Garden)
  • An Orphan book review from YOU (Dave at Night)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is fractured fairy tales! So send us a review of your favorite fractured fairy tale and check out our picks for fabulous fractured fairy tales.

— Karen and Nancy

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

April 29th, 2010 by

The other day, I was reading an article in The New York Times, and I came across this description of The Invention of Hugo Cabret: “the Brian Selznick children’s novel about a Parisian orphan and his robot.”

ExCUSE me? That is NOT what Hugo Cabret is about. If you’ve read the book, then you know it’s actually a multi-layered story about a homeless orphan who dedicates himself to completing his father’s work, and who finds his own path in the process.

Yes, a robot of sorts is involved, but that description makes it sound like Hugo and the robot are buddies, hanging out and having adventures together. Dude, I expect more from you, New York Times. Shame on you.

But on the plus side, this travesty did inspire me to come up with some fun misleading book blurbs of my own:

  • Harry Potter, about a boy’s adventures at boarding school
  • Charlotte’s Web, about life on a farm
  • Holes, about a guy who’s wrongly accused of stealing sneakers
  • Percy Jackson, about a teen who’s meeting his father for the first time
  • Warriors, about a bunch of cats

Join in my indignation! Post a comment with a misleading book description of your own! It’ll help you work through your anger issues, I swear.

— Karen

Karen wouldn’t mind having her own robot. But then Nancy would probably get jealous. Muhahaha! Now Karen really wants her own robot!
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