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By Huw Thomasheadteacher and writer

Inspired by the world of old silent movies, children’s illustrated fiction just got a whole lot more sophisticated…

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Paris, 1931, and Hugo is the hidden child, secretly winding clocks at a train station and stealing clockwork toys from a toy booth. When he is caught by the toy seller, the story of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic, £12.99 HB) unwinds with intricate connections. New characters are introduced and their pasts unfold, revealing their connections with the earliest dreams of French film makers. Author, Brian Selznick, has created a sophisticated, illustrated tale which provides an opportunity for older children to rediscover the changes that come as we turn a page in a story.

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