The Houdini Box

The Houdini Box

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By (author) Brian Selznick, Illustrated by Brian Selznick

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  • Publisher: Atheneum
  • Format: Other book format | 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 231mm x 13mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416968784
  • ISBN 13: 9781416968788
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 314,415

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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.

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"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"