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The Houdini Box


The Houdini Box

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    Available in PDF Format | The Houdini Box.pdf | English
    Brian Selznick(Author)
Victor is forever trying to escape from locked trunks, walk through walls, and perform any number of Houdini's astonishing magic tricks...without success. Then -- amazingly -- he actually meets his idol, and begs Houdini to explain himself. A mysterious locked box is the magician's only answer, and Victor is left to wonder: Does the box contain the secrets to the most famous magic tricks ever performed?

"Crosshatched pencil drawings expertly capture the story's droller moments, as well as Victor's changing expressions....This brief story has an appeal beyond its reading level." -- "School Library Journal""In his arresting, informative blend of fact and fiction, Selznick splendidly captures the sense of wonder surrounding Houdini." -- "Publishers Weekly""Selznick illustrates his first book with vigorous, carefully composed black-and-white drawings; his faces express emotion with subtlety and quiet humor. The offbeat story is smoothly told...." -- "Kirkus Reviews" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Book details

  • PDF | 64 pages
  • Brian Selznick(Author)
  • Atheneum Books (Sept. 2001)
  • English
  • 9
  • Young Adult

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  • By S. Penn on 2 August 2010

    Another great book from this author, once again the detailed drawings throughout the book seemed to really involve my boys (8 and 11) in the story. We read it together and they have re-read it themseslves. Loved it. Looking forward to the 3d movie of the other great book from Selznick - Hugo Cabret.

  • By on 12 January 2014

    This lovely story is based on the wonder and secret behind the magician's magic. Victor, a young boy, is obsessed with magic and tries to replicate the tricks performed by his hero, Houdini. One day he meets Houdini and he takes Victor's address to one day write to him. Houdini dies and leaves Victor a box, but the box is inscribed E.W. so Victor feels cheated and never opens the box.One day when Victor is older and married, he finds reason to open the box and finds out the secret.Brian Selznick creates lovely books that are works of art as much as anything else. His illustrations are perfect and lovingly drawn, matching the stories being told.

  • By David Lusher on 26 January 2016

    This is a beautiful book that will appeal to children of all ages. The story is brief and straightforward but spans a generation and has a few very interesting twists. Magic, escapology and the greatest exponent of both, Harry Houdini, are all appealing subjects. Brian Selznick writes and draws beautiful books and this one is no exception. It's not a long or complicated read, but it certainly holds the attention and is both funny and poignant in parts, drawing on factual information. The book has links to wider reading and is beautifully illustrated. I loved it and I'm sure most children will too. This would make a great gift. Recommended.

  • By Kristin Louise Duncombe on 6 January 2015

    I didn't really like the book.Why? because the end finished very quickly and it didn't explain the secret of how he escaped from his grandmother's trunk

  • By Linda on 14 June 2014

    Great book but my daughter read this in ten minutes ,we have read all his books and they are great ,great sketches too,

  • By Leonie Potter on 27 January 2016

    The b/w cross hatched technique he uses in illustrations makes them stunning! So meticulous....

  • By H. Killet on 12 March 2013

    I bought this for my son as a Christmas present and he loved it. Good story, great images... Love it

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