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Publisher Comments:

This illustrated biography of Harry Houdini combines original artwork and archival artifactsandmdash;including photographs, playbills and posters, letters, and even some of Houdiniandrsquo;s own stage propsandmdash;to bring the story of the worldandrsquo;s greatest escape artist to life.

Readers will learn all about Houdiniandrsquo;s unique rags-to-riches story, from his birth in a Hungarian ghetto to his death from a ruptured appendix at age fifty-two. The book details his career as an escape artist and explains how he evolved into the andldquo;King of Handcuffsandrdquo; on the vaudeville circuit and became an international star as his escape attempts reached ever more elaborate and dangerous heights. Filled with little-known facts, this is the perfect book for readers interested in magic and the history of Houdini.

The book includes a bibliography and index.

Praise for Harry Houdini

andquot;andhellip;a beautifully illustrated biography of this most fascinating manandhellip;With entertaining sidebars on metamorphosis tricks and dime bars, Harry Houdini is sure to enchant aspiring magicians, offbeat history buffs and anyone who, in our own straitened times, appreciates a good rag-to-riches taleandquot;

andmdash;New York Times

STARRED REVIEW

andquot;Period photographs from newspapers, personal collections, advertising flyers, and other sources alternate with full-page color artwork to create a rich, engaging tableau. While there are several excellent biographies of Houdini available...this one is a solid addition.andquot;

andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review

andquot;A well-rounded addition to the childrenandrsquo;s bookshelf about the multifaceted man.andquot;

andmdash;Publishers Weekly

Award Recognition

2012 Orbis Pictus Recommended book

2012 Norman A. Sugarman Childrenandrsquo;s Biography Award andndash; Honor book

Synopsis:

andlt;bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; Open this book and come face-to-face with the greatest magician of all time: Harry Houdini! andlt;BRandgt; andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Victor is forever trying to escape from locked trunks, to walk through walls, and to perform any number of Houdini's astonishing magic tricks...without success. Then — amazingly — he meets his idol and begs Houdini to explain himself. A mysterious, locked box is the only answer, and Victor is left to wonder: Does the box contain the secrets of the most famous magic tricks ever performed? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; From the creator of the Caldecott Medal-winning bestseller andlt;iandgt;The Invention of Hugo Cabretandlt;/iandgt; comes this magical storybook that combines captivating mystery with mesmerizing historical fiction. Now, as a bonus at the end of the book, you will find a biographical note about Houdini, an illustrated magic trick, never-before-seen sketches by Brian Selznick, and more. andlt;iandgt;The Houdini Boxandlt;/iandgt; conjures up the pure pleasure of an old-time magic show.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Brian Selznickandlt;/bandgt; is the author and illustrator of the bestselling andlt;iandgt;The Invention of Hugo Cabret,andlt;/iandgt; which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including andlt;iandgt;Frindleandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Lunch Moneyandlt;/iandgt; by Andrew Clements, as well as the andlt;iandgt;Doll Peopleandlt;/iandgt; trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and andlt;iandgt;The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkinsandlt;/iandgt; by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California. andlt;bandgt;Brian Selznickandlt;/bandgt; is the author and illustrator of the bestselling andlt;iandgt;The Invention of Hugo Cabret,andlt;/iandgt; which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including andlt;iandgt;Frindleandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Lunch Moneyandlt;/iandgt; by Andrew Clements, as well as the andlt;iandgt;Doll Peopleandlt;/iandgt; trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and andlt;iandgt;The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkinsandlt;/iandgt; by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416968788
Author:
Selznick, Brian
Publisher:
Atheneum Books
Author:
Lane, Chris
Author:
Weaver, Janice
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Magicians
Subject:
Houdini, Harry
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Reissue
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 2 up to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jacket; half-tone int
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in
Age Level:
07-10

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"Synopsis" by , andlt;bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; Open this book and come face-to-face with the greatest magician of all time: Harry Houdini! andlt;BRandgt; andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Victor is forever trying to escape from locked trunks, to walk through walls, and to perform any number of Houdini's astonishing magic tricks...without success. Then — amazingly — he meets his idol and begs Houdini to explain himself. A mysterious, locked box is the only answer, and Victor is left to wonder: Does the box contain the secrets of the most famous magic tricks ever performed? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; From the creator of the Caldecott Medal-winning bestseller andlt;iandgt;The Invention of Hugo Cabretandlt;/iandgt; comes this magical storybook that combines captivating mystery with mesmerizing historical fiction. Now, as a bonus at the end of the book, you will find a biographical note about Houdini, an illustrated magic trick, never-before-seen sketches by Brian Selznick, and more. andlt;iandgt;The Houdini Boxandlt;/iandgt; conjures up the pure pleasure of an old-time magic show.
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