I love reading the book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" to a class because I enjoy seeing how fascinated the students become as the story develops. This class was no exception. I had to read the book first thing in the year before the new movie directed by Martin Scorcese comes out this fall. There are a lot of tie-ins to the book to explore from early film making, special effects, train crashes, automatons, and even a connection to Thomas the Tank Engine. You can explore more here and with links to previous posts I have made. Here is a Scholastic Website to play some games and learn more about Hugo Cabret. Here is the trailer for "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" movie that is coming out this fall.
Learn about the new book by Brian Selznick called "Wonderstruck" that will soon be released.
Here are previous posts I have made about The Invention of Hugo Cabret on this blog and my Simply Teaching blog;
Simply an Amazing Book: The Invention of Hugo Cabret includes video of automatons, the movie "A Trip to the Moon", and Georges Melies and special effects in moviemaking.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret includes videos of more automatons, Thomas the Tank Engine and the Paris Train Crash at the Montparnasse train station in 1895.