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Questions on ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’

Here are some topics to discuss when reading the book club’s first choice.
/ Source: TODAY

The first book we'll be reading for Al's Book Club is “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick. Reading a book with others is another way to enjoy a book. So even though you may read by yourself, you’ll probably want to talk about the book with your friends and find out what they thought about it. Below are some discussion questions from the book’s publisher, Scholastic Press. You can also ask the author about the book. Click on the link below to send your question to TODAY.

  • What is the book about?
  • What did you like best about the book?
  • “The Invention of HugoCabret” has almost as many pictures in it as words. How did the art affect your experience of reading the book?
  • How is the book like a movie or how does it remind you of movies?
  • What was the most surprising thing about the story?
  • Did you learn anything new from reading this book?
  • “The Invention of HugoCabret” takes place in Paris in the 1930s. Do you think this story could have taken place somewhere else or at another time? If so, where and when?
  • How are machines and technology important in this story?
  • Why was the notebook so important to Hugo?
  • Why is Hugo’s friendship with Isabelle so important?
  • What did you learn about Hugo’s relationship with his father?
  • What do you think the author/illustrator would want readers to learn from this book?
  • Who is your favorite character and why?
  • How does magic factor into the story?
  • If you could ask Brian Selznick a question about the book, what would you ask him?