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So I finally got around to watching Hugo, the screen adaptation of Brian Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

There were a lot of mixed reviews about this, from people I know that is, I don’t tend to pay much attention to professional reviews, there has been many a ‘brilliant’ film that I’ve watched then sat afterwards shaking my head at. Moving on though.


I really quite liked it. I thought the young actors were great, visually it was stunning and it is really hard to go past a film that has a supporting cast of Ben Kingley and Christopher Lee.

Was it a perfect film? No, to be honest I was somewhat annoyed by the Station Inspector (I’m not a huge Sascha Baron Cohen fan at the best of times). I found him annoying and in fact a few of his scenes we fast forwarded through. The little side stories were mostly cute but there was a part of me that really was frustrated by them and felt they drew away from the main story. I guess I can understand why they made the Station Inspector a bigger role than it was in the book but he bugged me, I didn’t need the extra scenes to feel the tension at the end.

The core story though was great and it was told well. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course it helps that the source material was so rich and so very visual.

It is a magical story, a homage to film and a great journey.

Top Titles 2011

As I’m going to not be posting between now and the new year I thought I would put my top picks of this year down now.

These aren’t the only ones I loved and there is no order to them, they are simply some of the ones released this year as far as I know that stand out in my mind.

Picture Books

The Flying Orchestra – Clare McFadden

The Last Viking – Norman Jorgensen/James Foley

The Jewelfish of Karnak – Graeme Base

Fiction 4-9

Violet Mackeral’s Natural Habitat – Anna Branford

Mystery in Paris – Thea Stilton (As with the rest of the series)

The Amazing Voyage – Geronimo Stilton (really I love the whole series)

Fiction 8 – 12

Eight Keys – Suzanne LaFleur

The Medusa Plot – Gordon Korman

Wonderstruck – Brain Selznick

Young Adult Fiction

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

The Extraordinaires – Michael Pryor

Mastiff – Tamora Pierce


By: Brian Selznick

With his mother gone ben longs to find and get to know the father he has never met. His mother never really talked about him.

Rose runs away to the cinema and keeps a scrap book of articles on the life of an actress.

Ben finds a clue to his heritage in his mother’s effects and runs away to the city to track down the man he believes is his father.

A new cutting for Rose’s scrap book sends her out on a journey of her own.

Wow! Wonderstruck truly is the perfect title for this book.

Don’t let it’s size daunt you. It may look like a brick or a good doorstop but it is rather something deserving of a pride of place on your bookshelf. This book is not a hard or particularly long read, however it will be one of the more fantastic book experiences you’ve ever had. I feel I can say that with some confidence.

The stories of Ben and Rose happen 50 years apart and I didn’t want to give too much away in the synopsis.

Ben is facing a huge transition without his mother and with big questions that no-one else seems to be able to answer. his story is told with text. Rose is a girl seemingly isolated from others and facing her own struggles, her story is told in pictures. The timelines weave back and forth and the stories mesh in a wonderful way until they finally come together.

The format may sound strange on paper but seriously do yourself a favour and pick a copy of this book up. The illustrations have so much detail and life, it really is like watching a silent movie.

Individually Ben and Rose’s stories are engaging woven together in such a unique way that together it is spellbinding.

Selznick has delivered a truly wonderful book that I know I will return to and I can’t wait until my girls are old enough for me to share it with them.

Yes I am aware I gush a little when I find something I really love but do yourself a favour pick this up and allow yourself to be Wonderstruck.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 14 September 2011

Format: Hardback 656 pages

Categories: Family, History

ISBN 13: 9780545027892

Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Movie Trailer

Coming from such incredible source material is this movie version of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Renamed Hugo this film has been directed by Martin Scorsese and is set for release later this year.

It will be interesting to see how it turns out but the trailer looks pretty spectacular.

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