This recent Caldecott Winner is hard to describe. You could say it is a graphic novel, but that would conjure up images of comic books and talk bubbles and it is nothing like that. You could say it was a heavily illustrated children’s book. But that doesn’t quite capture it either. I suppose the best description would be to say that Brian Selznik somehow took a silent film and magically transformed it into a 526 page book. If you’re in a bookstore or library any time soon, find this book and flip through it. It is the only way to really experience and understand it. It is almost a new form of art. I hope Selznik makes a habit of this kind of storytelling. I would love to see it done for an adult book. Hugo’s story was sweet, but it was a child’s tale. I would love to read a book with adult text and themes done with this gorgeous artwork. For a taste (just a taste) of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, check out the official site and click the link at the bottom of the “About Hugo Cabret” page, which has a flash slide-show of the opening art sequence.