Written by Leslie Elledge, Smith Library Aide
Award-winning author and illustrator, Brian Selznick, made a surprise lunchtime visit this past Monday to members of the Smith Elementary Book Club.
Selznick is the author and illustrator of the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which has been made into the Paramount Pictures feature film, Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese, due to be released in theaters November 23.
Selznick made a brief stop in Frisco to visit family friends whose children attend Smith. When Selznick heard that the Smith Book Club had just wrapped up a study of his book, he agreed to meet these students to discuss his writing and illustrating of the book as well as exciting behind-the-scenes details of the making of the movie.
The Smith Book Club is an extra-curricular group of fifth graders who meet after school on Friday afternoons. This past Friday, the Book Club finished their study of Selznick’s book, and enjoyed croissants, just as the main character, Hugo Cabret, did in the book.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret was a nominee on the 2008-2009 Texas Library Association’s Bluebonnet Award list, and his newest book, Wonderstruck, is a nominee on next year’s list.
Smith Librarian Jan Pelias, and Smith fifth grade teacher Michelle Tuite lead the Smith Book Club throughout the school year.