I really want to give this book five stars, I enjoyed it so much. But there are minor things about it that I find don't work. The art, for example, is rather inconsistent in places, which brings a work of this kind down a notch or two (I would say 60%+ of the page count is illustrations). The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a picture book in one sense and a children's novel in another. The word count is hardly greater than The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, but the sheer volume of pictures makes the book gargantuan to hold. Thankfully, it is a quick read, and the pictures greatly aide the story, giving it a cinematic feeling akin to silent film. As a filmmaker, I think this book is wonderful. Everyone should know about Georges Melies as his work in the invention of cinema. I can't wait to introduce this book to my nephew and see what he thinks of it. I was 15 when this book came out and 19 when it became a film (directed by Martin Scorsese). I loved both the book and the film.