The Hugo Movie Companion: A Behind the Scenes Look at How a Beloved Book Became a Motion Picture

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A companion book-and much more!-to Martin Scorsese's movie of the #1 bestseller and Caldecott Medal Winner.

Brian Selznick takes readers on an intimate tour of the movie-making process as his Caldecott Award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret is turned into a 3-D major motion picture by Academy Award-winning director, Martin Scorsese, written by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, John Logan.

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Overview


A companion book-and much more!-to Martin Scorsese's movie of the #1 bestseller and Caldecott Medal Winner.

Brian Selznick takes readers on an intimate tour of the movie-making process as his Caldecott Award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret is turned into a 3-D major motion picture by Academy Award-winning director, Martin Scorsese, written by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, John Logan.

Lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs from the movie, and filled with fun, informative interviews of the cast and crew, comparisons of artwork from the book alongside people, props, costumes, and sets from the movie, plus fascinating information about automatons, filmmaking pioneer Georges Méliès, and an essay on the birth of movies written by Martin Scorsese, The Hugo Movie Companion beautifully extends the experience of the book and the movie, and is a must-have for fans of all ages.

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On November 23rd, the railroad station world of Hugo Cabret will gain visibility in movie theaters throughout this country, as the Caldecott Award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret arrives onscreen as Hugo, a Martin Scorsese directed film starring Asa Butterfield, Chloë Mortez, Ben Kingsley, and Sacha Baron Cohen. This official companion takes you into the inner sanctums of the film with full-color photographs; interviews with cast and crew; notes on costumes, sets, and props; and an essay on the birth of movies by Scorsese himself. An enchantment you can carry in yours hands.

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AWARDS AND REVIEWS

(partial listing—full reviews and a complete list of awards available upon request)

2008 Caldecott Medal winner
National Book Award Finalist
#1 New York Times Bestseller
New York Times Best Illustrated Book
Quill Award Winner
Borders Original Voices Finalist
Los Angeles Times Favorite Children’s Book of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
“A true masterpiece.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Evokes wonder . . . like a silent film on paper.”—The New York Times
“Visually stunning . . . raises the bar.”—San Antonio Express-News
“Shatters conventions.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“Complete genius.”—The Horn Book, starred review

Kirkus Reviews
Timed just to precede the scheduled release of the film version of Selznick's Caldecott-winner, a chubby compendium of stills interspersed with background notes and interviews. Easy-to-digest single spreads of narrative text are embedded in color photos of sets, cast members and crew (plus occasional illustrations from the original book for comparison) in a manner mimicking the design of the original. Selznick opens with stage-setting comments on his characters and inspirations, then goes on to introduce 40 people involved in the project, from director Martin Scorsese to the lead and supporting actors, set designers, script writer, technical staff and even an "On Set Magician." He, Scorsese and scholar David Serlin also tuck in capsule historical essays on Paris in 1931, automatons and early French filmmakers--particularly Georges Méliès, whose significant role in the book has evidently been even further magnified for the screen. Readers are expected to be familiar with the tale's plot, and the interviews are threaded with bland clichés (producer Graham King was "enchanted by Brian Selznick's book. Immediately we thought it would be a beautiful story for Martin Scorsese to create into a piece of cinema") and name-check references to old movies. At least the photos provide a sense of how the cast and film will look, and Selznick's account of how he unexpectedly became an extra in the final scene makes a lively closing bit. Marketing froth, mostly, but with tidbits for budding fans of cinema's history. (place, movie and website lists, thumbnail biographies of cast and crew) (Nonfiction. 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545331555
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 536,562
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Selznick

In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn’t traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

Biography

Multi-award-winning illustrator Brian Selznick was born in New Jersey in 1966. His interest in art began at an early age: His family claims that on visits to his grandmother, three-year-old Brian would fashion dinosaur sculptures out of tinfoil he'd been given to keep him out of trouble. "Even in kindergarten," Selznick recalled in an interview with Scholastic Books, " I remember drawing and having the other kids gather around because they liked what I was drawing." He took art classes after school and studied at The Rhode Island School of Design.

Although he thought he wanted a career in theatrical set design, after graduation Selznick decided he would like to try illustrating children's books. He went to work for a prominent (now defunct) Manhattan bookstore called Eeyore's, where he learned about the business and put his art to use painting the windows for holidays and special events. Around this time, he wrote and illustrated his first children's book, The Houdini Box. His manager and mentor at Eeyore's helped find him a publisher. The book came out in 1991, while Selznick was still working at the store.

Since then, Selznick has illustrated many other award-winning children's books, including Andrew Clements's Frindle, Pam Muñoz Ryan's When Marian Sang, and Barbara Kerley's The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. But his crowning masterpiece is an ambitious project entirely of his own creation, a groundbreaking 500-page tour de force that combines the elements of a picture book, graphic novel, and film. Published in 2007, The Invention of Hugo Cabret follows the adventures of an orphan who secretly lives in the walls of a Paris train station, as he tries to complete a mysterious invention left by his father. Intricate, innovative, and utterly spellbinding, the story was nominated for a National Book Award and received the coveted Caldecott Medal, America's top prize for children's illustration.

Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.

Good To Know

  • Selznick is a first cousin, once removed, of iconic Hollywood producer David O. Selznick
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret is the first full-length novel to receive the Caldecott Medal.
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    • Posted May 13, 2012

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      BEST BOOK I EVER READ! Saw the movie the day it came out.BEST MO

      BEST BOOK I EVER READ! Saw the movie the day it came out.BEST MOVIE!Got it on blue ray for my b day and watched 7 more times.

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    • Posted April 22, 2012

      This book inspired me a lot! It gave me idead for my future film

      This book inspired me a lot! It gave me idead for my future film projects and made me learn more about film making. Thank u!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 9, 2012

      highly recommended for people who want to learn about how movies are made.

      As an adult I enjoyed reading this book and learning about the movie making process and about the lives of the people in each job of making a movie. I think this would be great for kids too who are into making movies and want to learn about all the jobs that go into making a movie.

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    • Posted January 4, 2012

      Companion and memory enhancer to Hugo movie

      This Christmas I purchased this book for my grandson after "The Invention of Hugo Caberet" book was delayed past Christmas delivery. Our family attended the Hugo movie on the Wednesday after Christmas as a family event to tie with the delight of my granddaughter who received "Wonderstruck" by the same author as this and the above Hugo book given to my grandson, but not received in time. We used the "Hugo Movie Companion" as a guide after the movie to discuss the events in the movie. The pictures tied in well to the movie, covering many production and story development issues and events. I only had a short itme to look at the book before my grandkids left for home far away, so my comments are brief. Yet the quick look was enough to convince me that this book was a good value and very interesting so I am ordering another copy for me. My grandson is very interested in how things work, so this book and movie helped draw upon this interest to maybe guide him in his education and future. I am an engineer, so seeing this develop in someone at a young age makes me proud. Hopefully it will help many others to choose to develop interests in mathematics, science, engineering, or mechanics. This book will work for very young children as a book to read to them while looking at the many pictures, and is best if done with a viewing of the movie. The plans for getting the DVD when available are already made. Enjoy!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 28, 2011

      Great follow-up to the original book!

      After reading the Invention of Hugo Cabret with my 8 and 5 year old grandsons, we then were able to see how a book was turned into a movie by reading sections of "The Hugo Movie Companion". What a fun way to expand children's minds. While some portions of the "Companion" were beyond the years of my grandsons, they understood many aspects of the complexity of how a wonderfully illustrated book can evolve into a movie with real characters. We are now, anxiously looking forward to seeing the 3D movie together!

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    • Posted October 17, 2011

      Highly Recommended - you must read!!!

      What a wonderful story!!! The pictures are beautiful! This is a must have. All three of my girls, 9,8 and 6 loved the story. Do yourself a favor and pick a copy up today, you will not regret it!!!!

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      Posted January 7, 2012

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