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In The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, there is a boy named hugo whose father died in a fire in a museum. In the ruins sat an automaton. Hugo believes it might save his life if he can fix it. He things that it is a machine that can draw or write. Eventually, Hugo succeeds at fixing it and makes a new friend, too.
The automaton drew a picture that had his new friend's godfather's signature at the bottom , so Hugo and his friend, Isabelle, try to figure out why it is there. Will they succeed in their quest? Find out in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Selznick tells this story with beautiful pictures and words. They pictures are kind of like a flipbook. They use motion to show what's going on in the story. The words are also a big part of the story. They show the dialogue and give great descriptions.
I liked Hugo's natural talent with tinkering and I liked seeing him do it in the pictures. I think you should read Hugo if you have a big imagination or think you would make a good engineer.
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