Goodreads synopsis- Half sketches create a
story in pictures too, relevant history. Real last-century French
pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès collected mechanical robot-like
automata, and, impoverished, worked at a toy booth in a Paris railway
station. Here, orphan Hugo fixes his late father's automata, and meets
Méliès through his god-daughter Isabelle.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a really quick read, due in part I think to the fact that it is a middle-grade novel, and largely to the fact that almost half the book is gorgeous illustrations. The story follows young Hugo as he tries to repair this automata that he believes his father had left a message in. The adventure and mystery that ensues is wonderful and heartwarming. The illustrations really tie the story together, and overall I thought this book was magnificent. So definitely pick up a copy, it's well worth the read, and even if you don't like it, it'll just be a beautiful addition to your shelves.