Tuesday, May 01, 2007
The Invention of Hugo Cabret takes the idea of a 'graphic novel' to a whole new level. There isn't a genre for this to fit in, it is a partially fictional graphically enhanced book. Words can't even begin to describe it or the amazement I felt upon 'reading' it. Mr. Selznick has long been one of my favorite illustrators, but he stands alone in his own medium as an author and illustrator with this book.
A good Q & A about the book with Mr. Selznick, also bear in mind as you read it that it's based upon a real person, not the boy in the story, but the older man...so much more interesting reading it when you know that's a real person.
This is a must read for those of you who enjoy graphic novels, those of you who are interested in film, or those of you thinking about illustrating yourself...it's truly amazing. I look for this book to win awards next year.