Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Author/Illustrator: Brian Selznick
Imagine a book that is a silent movie from the early 1900s. This book reads like the detailed storyboard of a silent film – the images are integral to the story, and illustrate portions of the story that are never told in words. There’s an audiobook of this book, and I can’t figure out how that would work. It is celebration of early film and its magic, and of the mechanical magicians of the French fin de siècle. I ordered a DVD of the George Méliès movies discussed in the book, examples of the earliest movie special effects and fantasy.