THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET by Brian Selznick, Winner of the Caldecott Medal

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"If one day in the far future, mankind is truly able to fly to the moon, we will have Georges Méliès and the movies to thank for helping us understand that if our dreams are big enough, anything is possible." The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Sit back in your seat. The lights are about to go out. The projector whirrs to life! The film is beginnining....5-4-3-2-1...

On the screen in front of you, you see images of people hurrying through the Paris railway station. You see them glancing at the clocks that line the hallways. No one is aware that it is a 12-year-old boy named Hugo Cabaret who keeps the clocks running. And no one knows that Hugo Cabaret is a thief.

What does Hugo Cabret steal? Watch, you will see. Toys! Through the hollow numbers on the inside of the clocks, you see Hugo peering at the toys in the toy booth. He needs their gears. He needs their other parts. But why? The old man who runs the toy booth in the station knows that SOMEONE is stealing his toys, and he is determined to catch the thief. There! You can see it in his eyes.

But, Hugo Cabret is careful. He is careful with the precious notebook filled with drawings that he carries in his pocket. He is careful not to get caught stealing the toys. But, today, Hugo is not careful enough.


Author and illustrator, Brian Selznick, creates magic with his pencil as he fills your eyes with detailed illustrations that appear to be right out of an early film and your mind with imagination through his words. He will lead you from fiction to fact that brings movies to life in the 1930s. Watch his movie carefully. You will start to see movement. The story of Hugo Cabret begins a transformation in children's literature. We were delighted that it received the Caldecott Medal in 2008.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret is now available in an excellent video:


The Kids Wings unit for this book was written by master teacher Suzy Red and comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF format for excellence in projection and printing. The Activities include:

Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Readers’ Theater Script
Map Study / Europe and France
Crossword Puzzle
Summary Writing: Extending The Ballad of Hugo Cabret
Preview of The Ballad of Hugo Cabret Song and Melody:
Journaling: Preparing Your Intellectual Tools
Vocabulary List and Activity Ideas
Predict/Confirm Chapter Questions, 3 pages
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities, 3 pages
Logic Puzzle
Illustrator's Treasure Hunt, 2 pages
Training Our Brains, Ideas to Improve Memory, 2 pages
Research Georges Melies
Hugo's Report Card
Comparing Characters
Comparing Books
Writing Prompts
Mock Trial, 2 pages

PLUS an Jeopardy-type interactive game in PowerPoint format.


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