Persuasive Essay 2013 Winner

Aisha Yamamoto
Grade 5
Kaneohe Elementary

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick deserves the 2012 Nene Award. This amazing book tells the story of a 12-year-old boy named Hugo Cabret and his journey to find out who he really is and what his purpose is in the world.

Hugo smiled as he stared at the vast sea of stars. His thoughts pondered, The world is like one big automaton. It can hold life changing secrets and important clues, but it’s still just a machine and “machines never have extra parts.” So if the world is a machine, I have to be here for some reason to keep the world going. This is the scene that really captured me.

I marvel at the imagery used in this scene. “They watched the stars and they saw the moon hanging high above them. The city sparkled below and the only sound was the steady sound of the clock’s machinery.” When I read this excerpt, I could picture myself standing right next to Hugo and Isabelle as they stood looking at the stars twinkle like diamonds in the night sky. I could vividly see the stars and the city lights shining through the giant clock face in the light of the moon.

The simile used in this scene is magnificent: “I like to imagine the world as one big machine.” I admire how Brian Selznick uses a simile to compare the world to a machine. Brian Selznick’s words are like a charm that takes over the reader’s mind and forces him or her to read more and more until the reader is out of pages.

The author’s message is that everybody has a purpose in the world. I love how Brian Selznick ties the author’s message in with this scene. Instead of just saying, “Everybody has a purpose in the world,” he vigorously states Hugo’s thoughts about the world and how it works, using a simile in the process.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a book filled with mystery and adventure. It will fill you with curiosity to find out who Hugo Cabret really is and what his purpose is in the world. This book is so breathtaking that it will leave you at a loss for words. When you run out of pages, you’ll be begging for more.