Sunday, 23 March 2008

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Dragon and I have finished "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" book. I read it aloud to him. What a great book it was, with many black and white illustrations, mixed with regular text. It talked about George Melies and very early movies. You can find out more about the book at this link.
The YouTube video above shows the Trip to the Moon movie made by G.Melies in 1902. This short movie is a big part of the Hugo Cabret story and Dragon really enjoyed watching it.

Another important part of Hugo Cabret's story is the automaton he finds and repairs. The video above shows an automaton from the Franklin Institute, that is similar to the one in the story because it also writes and draws.
This book was perfect for Dragon, even though it didn't have the usual dragons in it (!). I also enjoyed the art, the story and the setting, since it took place in Paris!

1 comment:

  1. You had left a post on my blog under my Hugo Cabret post. Sorry it took me so long to visit yours! I really enjoyed this post. I'll have to watch the "moon" clip with my daughter as we hadn't watched it yet.

    I also checked out his book about Houdini, though we haven't started it yet. It's done in the same style with lots of pictures, but it is much shorter. :-)



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