Houdini: The Life of the Great Escape Artist

Overview

Harry Houdini never met a lock he didn't like. Handcuffs, leg irons, and thumbscrews were child's play for the world's greatest escape artist. During his stunning career he invented some of the most mind-boggling escapes of all time. Join Houdini as he attempts his most dangerous stunts and unlock the secrets of the illusionist's lasting legacy.

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Overview

Harry Houdini never met a lock he didn't like. Handcuffs, leg irons, and thumbscrews were child's play for the world's greatest escape artist. During his stunning career he invented some of the most mind-boggling escapes of all time. Join Houdini as he attempts his most dangerous stunts and unlock the secrets of the illusionist's lasting legacy.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
Author Agnieszka Biskup fits a surprisingly large amount of information in the sparse text of this graphic novel, explaining how young magician Ehrich Weiss rose from his humble beginnings as a traveling showman to become the legendary escape artist Harry Houdini. Artist Pat Kinsella offers glimpses of just some of Houdini's most dangerous and bizarre stunts, including his escapes from prisons, sealed milk cans, giant paper envelopes, boilers, mail bags, and even a giant football. Through it all, Biskup makes it clear that, despite rumors to the contrary, Houdini accomplished all of his amazing feats through his own strength and agility rather than outright trickery or supernatural powers. Biskup even includes a brief afterward (with photos of the actual Houdini) that details Houdini's later attempts to expose fake mediums and spiritualists, as well as the tragic events that led up to his death. It's a highly entertaining primer that helps separate fact and fiction surrounding Houdini's life. It's also a good way to interest kids in reading more books about Houdini's amazing career. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429662680
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: American Graphic Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,042,679
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: GN680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.30 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Agnieszka Biskup is a science writer and editor based in Chicago. She is a former editor for the science section of the Boston Globe as well as the children's science magazine Muse. In addition to children's books, she has also written many articles for newspapers, magazines, and websites. Her books have received awards from Learning magazine, the Association of Educational Publishers, and the Society of School Librarians International. Her book Football: How It Works (Capstone Press, 2010) was a Junior Library Guild selection.

I am a Brooklyn based illustrator with an MFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Great Showman 4

Chapter 2 The Handcuff King 10

Chapter 3 Death-Defying Acts 20

The Legacy of Houdini 28

Glossary 30

Read More 31

Internet Sites 31

Index 32

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