We bribed our son, not too long ago, to read for a certain number of minutes in exchange for a new book. For his reward, I bought the coolest looking novel I have ever seen. Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic Press, 2007) opens with a black and white sketch of the moon set against a black background. More sketches follow as you turn the pages, and you feel almost as though you were watching a film instead of reading a book. An intriguing mix of drawings and text uncover the story of an orphan boy living in Paris in 1935 and the mystery he encounters.
After reading the book, my son has been fascinated by Georges Melies, a magician filmmaker from the turn of the last century, who plays a starring role in the story. Selznick includes a list of resources for learning more about Melies and the films mentioned in the book.