My eight-year-old daughter is a big reader, too (no surprise there), and she just finished The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I asked her if she would want to write a review for my blog, and she has agreed. Without further ado, I give you Lucie’s first review!
CAUTION: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
This book is about an orphan who takes care of clocks in the train station, and he’s also a thief. He lost his parents (he just had his father) and his father had seen this automaton in a museum and he really liked it. Once, he was visiting it in the museum and the person who takes care of the museum forgot that he was there, and he locked the door. So Hugo’s father was locked inside! Then there was a fire in the museum and Hugo lost his father.
So then his uncle started taking care of him, but his uncle drowned. So he has to live by himself, taking care of the clocks. Then, there was an old man who owned a toy store that had stolen Hugo’s notebook where his father had drawn the automaton. Then the old man’s goddaughter, Isabelle (she had lost her parents, too) became friends with Hugo and helped him get his notebook back.
My favorite things about the book are when the old man said that Hugo was a magician (he was!!) and when he and Isabelle found out that the old man was a magician himself.
The parts I don’t like about the book are when the inspector of the train station caught Hugo stealing some food so that he could survive.
The book was big, but it was short because of all the pictures. Anyway, it was great! You should read this book!
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