The Houdini Box: What Secrets Does It Hold?
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, a...more
A book about Houdini, kind of a biography, kind of not. The book's moral I think, is don't be a st ...more
For a much better review than I can manage, please see my friend ...more
As mentioned previously, I cannot draw a straight line, even with a ruler! Thus, I am very impressed with the artistry and beauty that flows from the imagination and lands on paper.
In this wonderfully illustr ...more
This is a delightful little book that Selznick “experimented” with before The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I liked it as a good choice for my 6th graders that read at a 3rd/4th grade level, who might be afraid of the size of HUGO, but who would enjoy the same creative approach. In fact, they might like it so much that they may enjoy moving on to HUGO.
It also gives you an opportunity to see Brian Selznick‘s talent develop. Please note that this is an award winn ...more
The protagonist of The Houdini Box, rather than being Houdini himself, is instead a young boy named Victor. Victor adores Houdini and wants to be a ‘magician’ himself – but all of his attempts to walk through walls fail! One day he meets Houdini by chance and Houdini agrees to meet wit ...more
What kid- what person for that matter- young or old, doesn't dream of magic, of doing magic , of being able to create magic. Who doesn't love magic tricks, or doesn't love the magic of the movies or the magic of the stage or the magic of a musical performance. That feeling! That overwhel ...more
(Written in 1991, "Hugo" was first published 2007).
In Selznick's trademark style he takes the story of Harry Houdini and bends it around the made up Victor. Combining intelligent, beautiful pencil drawings with a compelling text, "The Houdini Box" was a definite winner in our house. Laugh out loud funny as Victor tries to emulate Houdini's marvellous tricks. But also an interesting dialogue on hopes and d ...more
This is a lot shorter than it looks. Like Invention of Hugo Cabret there are words and pictures throughout the bo ...more
My eight year old read this along with other Houdini books as part of a school project. We had a wonderful discussion of what was true and wha ...more
Cute book about a boy named Victor, who wants to be a magician like his hero, Harry Houdini. Victor meets Houdini at a train station and Houdini invites Victor to his home. Victor eventually gets a hold of Houdini's box, but does not believe the box belonged to Houdini, Victor hides the box away. Later in his life, after Victor gets married and has his own son, named Harry, Victor discovers that the box actually did belong to Houdini. He opens it to see if it contains the secrets of Houdini's tr ...more
Anyhow, very cute story. Although fiction, I liked all the little facts sprinkled in and I think it's rather different from most children's books. I think this is appropriate for a large range of ages :).
3.5 stars rounded up to four because the pictures are so good.
The book, though was almost to ...more
ABRA-KA-DABRA… ALA-KAZAAM… Everyone knows these famous words but do YOU know how to make these words come to life? Do YOU know how to escape from locked trunks? Do YOU know how to walk through walls? Did YOU know Houdini had a magician’s box containing all of his treasured secrets on how to be the world’s GREATEST MAGICIAN ever? What would YOU do if you go ...more