Picture Book of the Month for February 2008

The Picture Book of the Month for February is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick-a novel, not the standard picture book. It was awarded the Caldecott Medal for 2008, but that is not why I have chosen it. It is so spectacular that it was discussed as a possibility for the Newbery. The pictures are so much a part of the story that it can fit the picture book category. It could also be considered a graphic novel, although it would certainly not be a standard one.

My oldest son praised the unusual concept. His comment reminded me how much I enjoy stories that are so different from anything else. With the amount of reading I do, I have seen many good books (and series) that follow the same format as others. It’s a special treat to read a book that is totally its own.


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