I’m re-reading another of my all-time favorite books – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The novel is by Brian Selznick. The story is wonderful, about an orphan boy who is the unofficial clock keeper in a train station in Paris and his wonderful secret. The thing that brings this book into the magical and keep-forever range for me is all the magnificent drawings that Brian Selznick drew to include in it. There must be hundreds of pencil drawings that are absolutely fantastic. I would love the book alone for its story, or just for the awe-inspiring-ly talented drawings, but together the book is a treasure.
It won the Caldecott medal for 2007, and many others.
I’ve enjoyed the book at least twice, if not more, over the years. Each time I touch the book (the hardback is quite heavy and is some 540 pages of prose and drawings) I wash my hands so I won’t get it any dirtier than I have to.
This is a sample of the drawings by Brian Selznick.
I’m delighted to share this wonderful book written for children, but appreciated by all.