The Houdini Box

The Houdini Box

by Brian Selznick
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The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick

Open this book and come face-to-face with the greatest magician of all time: Harry Houdini!

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?

From the creator of the Caldecott Medal-winning bestseller The Invention of Hugo Cabret 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. The Houdini Box conjures up the pure pleasure of an old-time magic show.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689844515
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/01/2001
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 329,706
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

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

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

Hometown:

Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California

Date of Birth:

July 14, 1966

Place of Birth:

New Jersey

Education:

Rhode Island School of Design

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The Houdini Box 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Illustrations are great, but story is lacking. I am 10 and loooooved Hugo Cabret. Even as thick as it is, I read it all in a day and a half. I was looking forward to this Selznick installment, but it fell short. Quick, easy reading, but just not very captivating. Thought the ending fell flat. Not giving up on Selznick, yet, but disappointed in this one.
KatieMomof3 More than 1 year ago
There's just something about the illustrations and how they enliven the story. My 9 y.o. (who loves to read . . .) has picked this up and gone through it again several times.