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The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick
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Jan 06, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: books-read-in-2012, children-s
Read on January 06, 2012

Loved this book!! I mean - love the stuff that Brian Selznick does anyways ...... he's genius! (Reminds me of the whimsy of Maurice Sendak, but more fleshed out). But the story on this one is really really sweet.

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 overwhelming joy and that incredible feeling that you want to go home and do it too! It's intoxicating!

This story is about a wee boy's over-the-top infatuation with Harry Houdini and the incredible seamless magic that he performed. It's about that child's determination to do it too - to be just like his idol ... to be a magician and escape ... and watch everyone else's amazement at your ability to do it! Only .... it's not as easy as it seems.

This story is also about the magic of life. How magic is there. It's always there. And how it sometimes can sit up and smack you in the face!

Beautifully written, beautifully illustrated and wonderfully researched and supported with extra information. All kids books should be like this one! It makes you see the magic.

It makes you want to do it!

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