The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick

The Houdini Box

Brian Selznick
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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.

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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.

“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”

Author Biography

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.

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