This is one colossal tome, presumably a bit intimidating for the kids ages 9-12?that it's intended for. No worries though, The Invention of Hugo Cabret is filled with appealing pencil illustrations (also by author Brian Selznick) which are a delight for kids and adults alike.
This well reviewed book tells a simple and magical story of an orphaned boy in 1930s Paris who stumbles upon secrets of his own past and the history of cinema with the help of a seemingly cold old man and his young niece.
Selznick is clearly a lover of cinema and even the illustrations look like stills or storyboards. Much of the information felt like a recap of the history of film class I took in college, so it was no surprise to find out that Selznick is a fellow alum and likely attended the same lectures.
He's the illustrator of other award winning books like The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and Frindle but, as he says, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret is by far the longest and most involved book I've ever worked on.”