Make it a Movie Monday: Hugo Cabret Trivia & Giveaway!

I am starting this meme as a way to talk about books that have made their way to film, or to (just for fun) talk about the books we wish would be made into a movie. Discussion is open to talk about any book in any way you want. Who would you have play the leads? Who would direct? Animated or live action? Etc.

As my first entry to the meme, I am holding a giveaway in celebration of the highly acclaimed middle grade novel and movie, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (or Hugo, as it is known on film). Plus, do you want to win a SIGNED hardcover copy of The Invention of Hugo Cabret? If you do, read on!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
By Brian Selznick
Published March 1, 2007
Scholastic, Inc.
Ages 9 and up
Author Site | Movie Site
Released in theatres November 23, 2011
A film by Martin Scorsese
Released by Paramount Pictures

Orphan Hugo Cabret lives in a wall. His secret home is etched out in the crevices of a busy Paris train station. Part-time clock keeper, part-time thief, he leads a life of quiet routine until he gets involved with an eccentric, bookish young girl and an angry old man who runs a toy booth in the station. The Invention of Hugo Cabret unfolds its cryptic, magical story in a format that blends elements of picture book, novel, graphic novel, and film. Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Brian Selznick has fashioned an intricate puzzle story that binds the reader like a mesmerist’s spell.

I ADORE this story and have yet to obtain a copy of his recently released title, Wonder Struck. Shame on me. If you don’t know what The Invention of Hugo Cabret is, it is a middle grade book that blends story with illustration – fantastic illustration. The story is a fantasy, coming-of-age and mystery all mixed in one. And it’s a story that is so much deeper than the cover makes it appear. The novel is a beautiful contribution to any book lover’s collection.

Trivia: Did you know?

  • After a screening [of Hugo] that James Cameron attended, he called the film a “masterpiece” and told Martin Scorsese it was the best use of 3D he had seen, including his own films
  • Martin Scorsese directed the 3D cinematography by wearing clip-on 3D lenses over his prescription glasses. This is his first foray into 3D.
  • During the early scene which introduces the interior of the train station, there are appearances by characters representing Django Reinhardt, James Joyce, and Winston Churchill.
  • The movie is set in 1931. But the Django Reinhardt character is shown with a Selmer Maccaferri oval-hole guitar, which was not introduced until 1936. Also, he looks a bit older than the real Django, who would have been just barely 21.


Win a SIGNED hardcover of The Invention of Hugo Cabret!

Open to US residents aged 13 and older only.
Giveaway ends at midnight on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

(The book is signed by the author-illustrator, Brian Selznick.)

Also, check out the film trailer below and tell me what you think!


About Jenna (Does Books)

Working momma of a little pink princess and reader of all things YA. I'm an artist, writer and avid reader who swears that she's having a hard time letting go of the childish things... Let me read your latest YA book and let's see if it makes the grade!

Posted on January 23, 2012, in Make it a Movie Monday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. How about ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’?
    Thanks for hosting the cool giveaway.

  2. I want to see Cinder by Marissa Meyer made into a movie.

  3. I like your Movie Monday idea and the great button! Have heard good things about the book and the movie, and enjoyed reading the trivia. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
    I agree with Vivien that Cinder would make a great movie. Also Blood Red Road..

    • Thanks, Lucy. Starting next week I am going to try to figure out how to work Linkie, or Link It (or whatever it is called, heh) on WordPress. That way others can use the idea, too, and link it here. 🙂

  4. I would love to see the Tiger Series from Colleen Houck. Heard that the movie rights were sold. Now I have to play the waiting game. 🙂

    • Paramount has those rights! 🙂 They start filming in 2013 to be released in 2015. “Waiting game” is right!

  5. It came out just recently, but the Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson, would make a really interesting and exciting movie, I think.

  6. how about the heist society books! thank you!

  7. I want the pendragon books!

  8. This looks like a great movie and an even better book

  9. kelly nicholson

    well let me win and find out how good it is

  10. It’s already in the process of becoming a movie, but I just finished Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson and I cannot WAIT to see that as a movie!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve really wanted to see Hugo so having the book on hand would be great too.

  11. No question about it, would love to see The Fault In Our Stars by John Green as a movie.

  12. The trailer looks amazing. I’m looking forward to watching the movie.

  13. Love this! Wish I can get this for my sister! I would love Department 19 by Will Hill turn into a movie!

  14. I want to see any Classandra Clare’s book turn into a movie!

  15. I would love to see Beth Revis’ books turn into a movie ❤

  16. I want the Atherton series to turn into a movie.

  17. Katherine Dodgers

    Cinda William Chima’s books or Kristin Cashore’s books. :)) Those will be awesome movies!!

  18. Would like to see Jack Blank as a childrens movie.

  19. Oh, this movie is WONDERFUL! & I bet the book is even better. & Paris & the clock-work-like thing makes me bouce like a crazy person.

  20. I would love to see Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children made into a movie!

  21. Heather Poindexter

    I would like to see cinder made into a movie.

  22. The Search for WondLa would make a fantastic movie. I think it could blend live-action and animation really well :]

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