The 2008 Caldecott Medal winner is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
From an opening shot of the full moon setting over an awakening Paris in 1931, this tale casts a new light on the picture book form. Hugo is a young orphan secretly living in the walls of a train station where he labors to complete a mysterious invention left by his father. In a work of more than 500 pages, the suspenseful text and wordless double-page spreads narrate the tale in turns. Neither words nor pictures alone tell this story, which is filled with cinematic intrigue. Black & white pencil illustrations evoke the flickering images of the silent films to which the book pays homage.
Read more about Brian Selznick in the spring edition of Carousel - he was interviewed by Chris Stephenson during his brief visit to this country in the late autumn.