Hugo Cabret is a boy who dreams of fixing a broken automaton (sort of like a wind-up robot that almost looks like a person) that was his father’s before he died. Hugo lives alone in a train station (where he takes care of the clock), and has to steal food from the cafe to survive. He can also fix broken toys and make them work better than ever. Hugo lives alone because he doesn’t have a mother or a father. His father recently died in an explosion at the museum.
He steals toys from the toy booth at the train station, and the old man who runs the booth find out about Hugo. He introduces Hugo to his god-daughter Isabelle, and they become friends.
Hugo is always on the run from the train station inspector, because all of the shop owners know that he is stealing from them. In the end, the inspector finds Hugo, but he is rescued by the old man from the toy booth and his new friend Isabelle.
Later, Hugo goes to live with Isabelle and her godparents, and the old man helps him to fix the automaton.
I really liked the book, it had beautiful illustrations that told the story along with the words.
I also saw the movie, which I loved. I liked the book and the movie equally.