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Hugo Movie Companion by Brian Selznick

Hugo Movie Companion

Movie Awards Season is upon us and I am always excited about watching the Academy Awards, mostly because I love seeing what the stars wear, oh, and of course enjoying the artistry of the cinema . But, besides being excited to see all of the stars in their elaborate garments this award season, I am thrilled to see Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, getting so much attention. Like many other readers, I absolutely loved this book. The story is captivating and uplifting, the format is unique and intriguing and the illustrations are beautiful. I must admit, I was a little concerned when I saw that the book I loved so much was being adapted into a film. Even though cinema played a big part in the Hugo Cabret story, and the book is already very visual and even with venerable director Martin Scorsese at the helm on this picture, I still was pretty uneasy.  However, all of my fears were assuaged when Hugo Movie Companion arrived on our Library’s shelves. 

First of all, the Hugo Movie Companion was written by the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret himself, Brian Selznick, which means Selznick, was present while the movie was being made. Second, the book itself shows the care and creativity that was put into creating the movie Hugo. This is not your run of the mill behind the scenes movie companion book. Hugo Movie Companion features interviews with the cast and crew like many movie companions and there are also beautiful full color photographs from the movie and the movie set. But, the photos from the movie and behind the scenes are shown alongside original illustration from The Invention of Hugo Cabret so readers can see how Selznick’s vision was transformed for film. The content extends beyond a behind the scenes look at the movie to include information about automatons, an important part of the Hugo story. There is also fascinating background information on filmmaker Georges Melies, whose work is featured in the film and referenced in the movie. Finally, there is an essay by Martin Scorsese on the birth of film that is written on a level that both parents and children will appreciate. Fans of the movie, the book, or both will want to check out Hugo Movie Companion this Awards season.

Posted by: Kelly

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Best Friends For Ever by Beverly Patt

Best Friends ForeverOne hundred million years ago, I was a history major. I love history and have always been drawn to both historical fiction and nonfiction. When I saw the cover of Best Friends Forever, I knew it was going to be my new favorite book. I was right.

Fifth grade social studies touches on World War II and the Holocaust but they seldom talk about the Japanese interment/relocation camps that dotted the barren areas of the western United States. Beverley Patt not only mentions the camps, she brings them to life by relating story of two girls, best friends, separated by the whims of war. Despite their physical separation, Louise and Dottie manage—with the help of their supportive parents—to maintain their emotional connection. That connection is beautifully supported by the book’s “scrapbook” layout. It’s easy to imagine Louise carefully pasting letters, drawings and little trinkets from Dottie into her personal diary. Despite the “olden days” setting, these girls are real to the reader.
Mrs. Patt developed her book based on a story her mother told her as a child. Years later, using her mother’s World War II childhood diary and talking with actual internees she developed the characters of Louise and Dottie with voices and personalities that ring true for the time and yet, are also timeless. I’m hoping that there will be a sequel so I can get just a little more time with Louise and Dottie, my new Best Friends Forever.

Follow this link to read an interview with Beverley Patt and learn more about how she wrote Best Friends Forever.

Posted by: Eileen

And don’t forget about our own interview with her last year!

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