The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Version: Unabridged
Author: Brian Selznick
Narrator: Jeff Woodman
Genres: Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Scholastic
Published In: May 2007
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 2 hours, 51 minutes
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ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

Reviews (3)


Written by Leean F. on April 11th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Perfect read along for my son. He enjoyed the story and the art work.

Too Short

Written by Trax on January 10th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a witty, intelligent and enjoyable story! I did not want it to end.

Invention of Hugo Cabret

Written by Anonymous on February 23rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A wonderful narration and terrific story. Unfortunately, this is a much better experience reading the actual book as the book is somewhat dependent on the visual pictures contained throughout it. This would make a great story to read along with the actual book. I have to say, just hearing the story and not looking at the book would be an injustice to the title and author.

Author Details

Author Details

Selznick, Brian

Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of the bestselling "The Invention of Hugo Cabret, " which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including "Frindle" and "Lunch Money" by Andrew Clements, as well as the "Doll People" trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, "Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride" by Pam Munoz Ryan, and "The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins" by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. When Mr. Selznick was a kid, he loved Houdini and wished he could have met the magician in