The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Spectacular cinematic book has lots of heart.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 42 reviews

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age 5+

AudioBook version is a "must-hear" for whole family

We checked out from the library the AudioBook of Hugo and listened to it as a family when on a roadtrip. It was enthralling. Since the pictures play such a part in the written book, Brian Selznick made sure that the AudioBook had sound effects to "explain" the drawings. My 5 & 7 yr olds were captivated and my husband and I didn't want to get out of the car at our destinations since that would mean turning off the story.

This title has:

Educational value
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