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ISBN13: 9780786839025
ISBN10: 0786839023
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Publisher Comments:

Harry Houdini mesmerized a generation of Americans when he was alive, and continues to do so 80 years after his death.

This is a "snapshot" of Houdini's life, centering on one of his most famous jumps. As Houdini prepares for a death-defying leap into the icy Charles River in Boston, biographer Jason Lutes and artist Nick Bertozzi reveal Houdini's life and influence: from the anti-Semitism Houdini fought all his life, to the adulation of the American public; from his hounding by the press, to his loving relationship with his wife Bess; from his egoism to his insecurity; from his public persona — to the secret behind his most amazing trick! And it's all in graphic form, so it's fresh, original, and unlike anything previously published about this most fascinating of American showmen.

Review:

"A single stunt from the sprawling career of the 'handcuff king,' Harry Houdini ('The man for whom the phrase 'kids, don't try this at home' might well have been invented,' reads Glen David Gold's introduction), is the lynchpin of this brief, elegant book. But the authors intimate larger, at times darker themes (true love, arrogance, anti-Semitism) lurking around the outer edges. Houdini is an insecure man obsessed with fame, but also a faithful and devoted husband. As the story opens on May 1, 1908, he is preparing for a handcuffed jump from Harvard Bridge, chafing at badgering reporters and a flock of imitators who are stealing his tricks. Illustrations show him preparing to defeat the handcuffs, and wordless panels ultimately allow readers to witness the escape process in its entirety. Houdini himself comes off as a flawed but respectable man, whose principles make him both exceptional at what he does and difficult to be around. Several pages of historical notes fill in the details. Lutes and Bertozzi successfully offer a tiny snapshot as a way into a very large life. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A straightforward snapshot in the life of renowned magician Harry Houdini, and a glimpse into a life of determination and perseverance." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Avoiding overt, showy tricks themselves, Lutes and Bertozzi use clean, simple storytelling and crisp, clear black-and-white art to create not only a portrait of the man but also that sense of suspense and anticipation Houdini generated in his performances." Booklist

Review:

"The black, white, and gray drawings are reasonably good...the tight focus on the action keeps the story moving." School Library Journal

About the Author

Jason Lutes is a cartoonist living in Seattle. He has been an admirer of Houdini for most of his adult life, and his celebrated graphic novel for adults, Jar of Fools, also pays homage to the Handcuff King. His most recent book is Berlin.

Nick Bertozzi is an award-winning cartoonist based in New York. His upcoming graphic novel entitled The Salon stars Pablo Picasso.

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crowyhead, March 1, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
I found this graphic novel to be a bit disappointing. I went into it expecting it to be a biography, but it actually only illustrates a single incident from Houdini's life. There's a lot of biographical information in the foreword and afterword, though, so it might be a good educational book for piquing a kid's interest in Houdini.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786839025
Subtitle:
The Handcuff King
Publisher:
Hyperion
Illustrator:
Bertozzi, Nick
Author:
Sturm, James
Author:
Lutes, Jason
Author:
Bertozzi, Nick
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Magicians
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Houdini, Harry
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070327
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
10 x 6.75 in 14.72 oz
Age Level:
10-22

Related Subjects

Children's » Comics and Graphic Novels » General
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Product details 96 pages Hyperion - English 9780786839025 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A single stunt from the sprawling career of the 'handcuff king,' Harry Houdini ('The man for whom the phrase 'kids, don't try this at home' might well have been invented,' reads Glen David Gold's introduction), is the lynchpin of this brief, elegant book. But the authors intimate larger, at times darker themes (true love, arrogance, anti-Semitism) lurking around the outer edges. Houdini is an insecure man obsessed with fame, but also a faithful and devoted husband. As the story opens on May 1, 1908, he is preparing for a handcuffed jump from Harvard Bridge, chafing at badgering reporters and a flock of imitators who are stealing his tricks. Illustrations show him preparing to defeat the handcuffs, and wordless panels ultimately allow readers to witness the escape process in its entirety. Houdini himself comes off as a flawed but respectable man, whose principles make him both exceptional at what he does and difficult to be around. Several pages of historical notes fill in the details. Lutes and Bertozzi successfully offer a tiny snapshot as a way into a very large life. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A straightforward snapshot in the life of renowned magician Harry Houdini, and a glimpse into a life of determination and perseverance."
"Review" by , "Avoiding overt, showy tricks themselves, Lutes and Bertozzi use clean, simple storytelling and crisp, clear black-and-white art to create not only a portrait of the man but also that sense of suspense and anticipation Houdini generated in his performances."
"Review" by , "The black, white, and gray drawings are reasonably good...the tight focus on the action keeps the story moving."
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