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The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick
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May 31, 11

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I can't imagine not being fascinated by the magic and greatness of Houdini, but I do hold a particular bit of bias: the claim-to-fame of my hometown Queens neighborhood is that Houdini is buried there. Whenever I see this fact in print, I admit that a small shock of pride goes through me. Picture my thrill, then, when I discovered that Selznick not only includes mention of my town in a photocopied newspaper clipping in the back pages, but SETS his simple, heartwarming, magical, story there and captures the magician's famous grave in his masterful sketches! It's a simple yet moving tribute. How could I give it less than five?
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