This is a beautiful, artistic work, very evocative of silent films. Even the black borders around the pages made me think of frames of film. I was very impressed with the artistry of this book, and I'd happily give it five stars for that. That said, though, I can't say that I was ever really engaged by the story, and I certainly never became emotionally invested in the characters. It's a kids book, I know, but it's a beautiful and sizable kids book, so I guess I just expected, I don't know, more manipulation of my emotions.
I think that eventually my niece will like The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and I will certainly attempt to get it to register on her radar. But at eight years old, I think she might be just a little too young for this one yet. Perhaps in a year or two she'd appreciate it more. That said, I do know one 11 year old young man who may *really* enjoy this book!