Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick

Houdini Box by Brian Selznick book cover
The Houdini Box
by Brian Selznick
Knopf, 1991 (Reissued in 2008)
74 pages
Fiction

Summary in a Sentence:

A chance encounter with Harry Houdini leaves a small boy in possession of a mysterious box--one that might hold the secrets to the greatest magic tricks ever performed.

Thoughts:

If you've never read anything written or illustrated by Brian Selznick, please go remedy this immediately! I'm even providing a link to his website so you can see his complete bibliography. Go. Now.

I've long been fascinated with magicians of the early 1900s, and I love Selznick's work, so reading this book was so exciting for me. The story focuses on Victor, a little boy who is obsessed with Houdini and magic escapes. After a few failed attempts of holding his breath in the bathtub and walking through walls, Victor finally meets Houdini in the train station and asks the famous magician how he does it. Selznick's pencil illustrations are amazingly rich in detail and suit the book's subject perfectly. He also includes extensive endnotes that include photographs, sketches, and information about Selznick's research.

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7 comments:

Amanda said...

Oh wow, I had no idea this existed! I just read Hugo this month, and I love Selznick's work. This is going straight to the wishlist!

Zibilee said...

This sounds like a really interesting book, but that cover up top is a little unsettling! I am glad you enjoyed it!

Aarti said...

I liked Selznick's Hugo Cabret, so I'll have to look into this one! I love that it also has illustrations :-)

Kristen M. said...

This sounds like a perfect light companion to the Houdini bio that I want to read soon. I really liked Hugo Cabret too. Good find!

ifyoucanreadthis said...

The Houdini Box sounds great, will look out for it. I loved Selznick´s Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Wanda said...

Sounds like a great summer read for my daughter. I'll check to see if the library has it, thanks.

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