From Publishers Weekly
Three reissues highlight different kinds of magic. In Brian Selznick's The Houdini Box, nine-year-old Victor's fascination with the enigmatic magician leads him to lock himself in trunks, hold his breath in the bath and walk through walls, all to no avail. Then one day he meets Houdini at the train station. "In his arresting, informative blend of fact and fiction, Selznick splendidly captures the sense of wonder surrounding Houdini," said PW of the book, originally published in 1991.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5-- Ten-year-old Victor has no success emulating his hero, Harry Houdini; no matter how hard or often he tries, he just can't escape from a locked trunk, or hold his breath underwater for 5000 seconds, or run through walls. Then he meets the magician himself in a crowded train station, and some time later receives a mysterious locked box engraved with the initials "E. W." Victor can't imagine who E. W. is and, disappointed, puts the box away. Years later, after Victor grows up and has a son of his own, he learns that Houdini's real name was Ehrich Weiss; he rushes home, opens the box, and that night, while his wife and child lie asleep, he locks himself in the trunk--and escapes in less than 20 seconds. Crosshatched pencil drawings expertly capture the story's droller moments, as well as Victor's changing expressions; details of dress and furnishings, plus dramatic posters on the endpapers, give this a period look and, appropriately, a slightly sentimental flavor. A capsule biography of Houdini is appended. This brief story has an appeal beyond its reading level. --John Peters, New York Public Library
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