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Hugo Cabret fans:

I'm so thrilled for Brian Selznick, New Jersey guy (from East Brunswick--the 
guy who own the car service I take to the airport is thrilled, too--he used to 
work with Brian's dad. It's a small town, New Jersey). There's a wonderful 
article about him in the NYTimes Arts section today, with a color photo of him 
in his Brooklyn studio and a picture of the book. I especially love the quote 
about how his editors helped him boil down his sentences:

Mr. Selznick said he still needed help from Ms. Mack and another editor, 
Leslie Budnick, to prune the remaining prose.

Because he tended to think in pictures, he just described what he saw in his 
head. He gave an example: “Hugo turned to the old man and the old man looked 
at Hugo and Hugo looked up and said ‘Give me back my notebook’ and the old man 
put his hand on his hips and said ‘I’m not going to give you back your 
notebook’ and Hugo got really mad and spit on the ground.”

The editors’ suggestion: “Give me back my notebook.” “No.”
“And suddenly,” Mr. Selznick said, “it was a scene.”

For the whole article, go to:

Judy Freeman
Children's Literature Consultant
"Wild About Books" columnist
School Library Media Activities Monthly
Author of Books Kids Will Sit Still For 3
(Libraries Unlimited, 2006;
and the brand new Once Upon a Time!:
Using Storytelling, Creative Drama, and
Reader's Theater with Children in Grades K-6 (2007)
65 North Sixth Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
732-572-5634 /

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