In his first book for children, Selznick presents the compelling story of Harry Houdini, the magician who amazed the world with his great escapes. While Houdini circles the globe performing one incredible stunt after another, Victor, a young devotee, goes through his own rigorous magician's training at home--locking himself in closets, holding his breath under water, walking into walls. This counterpoint is a witty, effective device, and Selznick's deadpan text makes the most of it. It seems that Victor will never become a magician, until one day, after a chance encounter with his hero, he receives a special box that just might contain the secrets of Houdini's success. In his arresting, informative blend of fact and fiction, Selznick splendidly captures the sense of wonder that surrounded Houdini. Equally impressive are his evocative drawings; by turns droll, touching and downright silly, they bring added vitality to a captivating book. More than anything, however, this ambitious work teaches the importance of faith and the ability to believe in the impossible. Ages 6-11.
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Grade 3–5—Selznick reintroduces The Houdini Box, originally published in 1991 (Knopf). In the story, young Victor, a would-be magician, encounters his hero Harry Houdini and is given a prize box belonging to the famous man. Years later, the boy makes an amazing discovery, enabling him to perform an escape trick on his own. In this new edition, Selznick follows his intriguing tale with bonus material: a biographical note on Houdini, an illustrated magic trick, research notes on the writing of the book, and early sketches for the artwork. Libraries not holding the earlier book will want to consider adding this edition as it is sure to intrigue youngsters, particularly those interested in magic.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
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ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOKS, HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE WHO LOVES HOUDINI, MAGIC HISTORY OR WELL WRITTEN CHILDREN'S BOOKS.Published 1 month ago by Johnny Maddox
This was an interesting book, learned many things about Houdini that I never knew. My son really liked it too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maura
My granddaughter loves this story. Historical fiction for children discusses the life and death of Harry Houdini.Published 10 months ago by nmj
superb illustrations and a nice twist in the ending. It would be easy for a reluctant reader as it is short too.Published 17 months ago by B. M. Tobias
My son loved this book as much as others by Brian Selznick! Illustrations are magical and story is compelling to a 2nd grader.Published 17 months ago by blueberryt