The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, 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, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, 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,
This is a children’s book about mystery, clocks, automatons, magic and friendship. It is a wonderful, unique, illustrated novel – probably one of the best I have ever seen – with text.
I loved it
Hugo thought about his father's description of the automaton.
 
Did you ever notice that all machines are made for some reason?" He asked Isabelle. " They are built to make you laugh, like the mouse here, or to telle the time, like clocks, or to fill you with wonder, like the automaton. Maybe that's why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn't able to do what it was meant to do."
 
Isabelle picked up the mouse, wound it again, and set it down.
 
"Maybe it's the same with people," Hugo continued. "If you lose your purpose.... it is like you are broken."