Victor idolizes Harry Houdini so much that he locks himself inside his grandmother's trunk. But while Houdini finds his way out of such situations in seconds, Victor has to be let out of the trunk. Then one day he meets Houdini, and begs him to share the tricks of his trade. Houdini gives Victor a mysterious locked box. It takes years for Victor to discover its contents, and find a way out of the trunk in seconds. Illustrations.
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?
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.