Brian Selznick studied at the Rhode Island School of Design to become a theater set designer, but was inspired to create picture books while working at a children’s book store. Watch our video interview and learn more about Selznick and his 2008 Caldecott Medal-winning illustrated novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. In January, Brian Selznick himself joined us to answer some of your questions!
Our parent child book club is reading Hugo Cabret. What would be some very important
questions or discussions we shouldn't skip over?
Why are there so many pictures in The Invention of Hugo Cabret instead of words?
Why did you make Georges Melies mean?
What do you think would have happened to Hugo if he hadn't met Georges or Isabelle? Do you think he would have ended up in an orphanage?
My question for you is when the movie of Hugo Cabret is coming out. I loved how your book was like a movie. I only hope that the movie will do your book justice. A fantastic black and white movie would be great to see.
I loved how the pictures tell the story as much as the words. Will you make another book like this with different characters?
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