The Invention of Hugo Cabret was unlike any book I had read before. The way the author, Brian Selznick, used a combination of original drawings and wove in elements of graphic novel, picture book, and film was intriguing and exciting that gave me a new reading experience. Each character was well developed and they tease the reader into wanting to find out more about each of their backgrounds and try to solve how they will all relate. I want to better understand the elements of the text that help make connections between graphic novel, picture book and film. I chose to look at some interviews with Brian Selznick and see how his creation of this work came about, while finding the reasoning and inspiration behind the way he generated it to better understand the elements of the text.
When one thinks of a picture book, usually a story comes to mind that is geared towards young children that is filled with colorful drawings and little text. Relating The Invention of Hugo Cabret to a picture book seems like an odd observation at first, but when thumbing through the text, we find there are about three hundred pages of pictures, and the drawings help to convey the story. This usage of pictures to create the story let the reader use their imagination and gain more of a feeling of what the characters were experiencing. No words are needed to show the reader of places only one can dream about, or have a picture zoomed in close of a characters