From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-Biographies about Houdini are plentiful, but a plethora of photos, illustrations, and poster reproductions in black and white and in color gives this title extra life. Two-page chapters follow him from his childhood in Budapest through his difficult growing-up years and into his amazingly successful career as a magician. MacLeod does a nice job of pointing out that Houdini's stories of his life did not always mesh with reality as the proud man was prone to stretching the truth and making himself look grand. The writing is clear and well organized with plenty of information to intrigue and even surprise readers. For those looking for further information, try Vicki Cobb's Harry Houdini
(DK, 2005). Younger readers may enjoy Kathleen Krull's picture-book Houdini
(Walker, 2005).-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT
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Gr. 4-6. The world's best-known magician began performing as an acrobat in his neighborhood at the age of nine to make money desperately needed by his family. MacLeod provides a straightforward history of her colorful subject, recognizing that Houdini often created stories about his life, and she provides details that separate fact from the magician's fictions. Reproduced images of photos, handbills, and advertisements bring the text on each double-page spread to life, showing Harry's penchant for publicity and his most famous escapes. Middle-grade readers interested in Houdini and magic will be entertained and enlightened by this well-organized entry in the ongoing Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History series; a chronology and further resources are appended. For slightly younger readers, suggest Kathleen Krull's Houdini
(2005). Karen HuttCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved