‘A richly written story with breathtaking pictures’ – The Guardian
‘It is wonderful…This is much more than a graphic novel: it is more like a silent film on paper’ – The New York Times
‘This is a beautiful graphic novel within a novel – the soft pencil drawings bringing the story alive’ – Booktrust
ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF. Twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and her grandfather, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy.
A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
Winner of the esteemed Caldecott Medal, the first novel to do so, as the Caldecott Medal is for picture books
Released as a live-action film Hugo in 2011, directed by Martin Scorsase and starring Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Sacha Baron Cohen, Richard Griffiths, Ray Winstone, and Christopher Lee.