With these books you can totally rack up the page count for your winter reading list. Told in both narrative and pictures, these books are truly graphic novels.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret–the basis for the movie Hugo–is about a young boy living in a Paris train station in 1931. His father has died and the uncle who took him in has disappeared. So Hugo continues to live in his uncle’s “apartment” in the train station and maintain the clocks. He steals food where he can and he steals small wind up toys from one of the vendors in the station. When the old man selling the toys catches him, Hugo ends up in an adventure that takes him back to the beginning of motion pictures.
Wonderstruck takes the narrative and illustration concept from Hugo and goes one better with it. This book tells the story of a boy in 1977 and a girl in 1927. One story is told in words. The other told only in pictures. Brian Selznick talks about the books: