I love reading Brian Selznick's books. His imagination and wit are carefully laced into each chapter, with characters you can root for, themes that are enduring, and adventures that will keep you turning the pages.
This story I first saw as the movie last year, and I liked it. I liked the book perhaps even better.
The author makes you care about his characters because they seem so real. His effective prose and knowledge of Hugo's world make it seem like you really are there, in Paris, and in the station. The illustrations only feed my imagination as I read the words and match up images of characters with the story. I cannot think of anything I would want to change about The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and I heartily recommend it to all book lovers of middle grade age and upward.