Book Spotlight: Books that are over 500 pages

Hello Everyone,

Rumor has it that we’re supposed to get hit massively with snow this weekend. If that’s right I hope that you have the books you need. Also the provisions, which at the Field Library we usually mean chili when we say provisions. Speaking of which here’s a vegetarian chili that we swear by for the ultimate comfort food during a snow storm.

But this post isn’t about the best vegetarian chili. It’s about what you should be reading while enjoying that yummy chili. This bi-weekly book spotlight is about books over 500 pages, which is part of “The Field Games-Read Harder Challenge 2016”

So, for our Book Spotlight we have the book we all love (Drum Roll)


“The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick


“The Invention of Hugo Cabret” follows a young boy named, you guessed it, Hugo Cabret. Hugo is a young boy who lives in a train station in Paris in the 1930’s. His father was the repairman for the train station clock. His father disappears and his uncle takes his place in raising young Hugo. Due his uncle’s cruelty he runs from his uncle’s home to live behind the clock of the train station. Hugo takes over his father’s notes and finds a drawing for an automaton. Hugo believes that if he constructs the automaton that he can learn what truly happened to his father. From there he begins to steal pieces from the toy maker who works at the station. When Hugo is caught by the toy maker he learns that nothing is truly as it seems.

This book is an adventure because it is told mostly through pictures. You follow the story through the pictures and character actions. In fact, you don’t actually get words until page 80 or so. The fascinating part of the book is that the illustrations really capture character thoughts and feelings. We know that Hugo is desperate to build this automaton without reading it. We know that the toy maker is disappointed by the devastating effects of World War I.


Another reason why I chose to highlight this book is because it is in conjunction with another challenge in “The Field Games: Read Harder Challenge 2016”. Another challenge if you are following along is “Read a book then watch the movie. Discuss”

There is a movie based on the book (YEAH) and it was released in 2011. “Hugo” also follows Hugo Cabret and is also very faithful to the book. Starring Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz, the movie shines as a companion to the text.

Ahh, didn’t know you’d be killing two birds with one stone, did you?

Enjoy the book and the movie guys! At 533 pages the book more than fulfills the requirement of reading a book over 500 pages. If you are interested we have both the book and the movie here at the Field Library. And if someone gets to us first and it’s checked out, don’t worry! We can have it sent from another library!

If you are doing the Read Harder Challenge and haven’t registered yet, then come on over and register by February 14th.

In the mean time we are also accepting entries for Book Spotlights, meaning that this could be you writing a spotlight. Think about it! If you are interested please come see me at the adult reference desk.

Until then, May the odds be ever in your favor!


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