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The Houdini Box


  • In his arresting, informative blend of fact and fiction, Selznick splendidly captures the sense of wonder that surrounded Houdini. Equally impressive are his evocative drawings; by turns droll, touching and downright silly, they bring added vitality to a captivating book. More than anything, however, this ambitious work teaches the importance of faith and the ability to believe in the impossible.
    Publishers Weekly


Agee, Jon. Milo’s Hat Trick. Hyperion, 2001.

Broekel, Ray. Now You See It: Easy Magic for Beginners. Little, Brown, 1979.

Carlson, Laurie. Harry Houdini for Kids: His Life and Adventures with 21 Magic Tricks and Illusions. Chicago Review Press, 2009.

Cobb, Vicki. Harry Houdini: A Photographic Story of a Life. DK, 2005.

Fleischman, Sid. Escape: The Story of the Great Houdini. HarperCollins, 2006.

Fleming, Candace. Sunny Boy!: The Life and Times of a Tortoise. Farrar, 2005.

Gerstein, Mordicai. The Man Who Walked between the Towers. Roaring Brook, 2003.

Kerley, Barbara. The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. Illus. by Brian Selznick. Scholastic, 2001.

Kraske, Robert. Harry Houdini: Master of Magic. Scholastic, 1973.

Kraske, Robert. Magicians Do Amazing Things. Random House, 1979.

Krull, Kathleen. Houdini: World’s Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King. Walker, 2005.

Kulling, Monica. The Great Houdini. Random House, 2003.

Lalicki, Tom. Danger in the Dark: A Houdini & Nate Mystery. Farrar, 2006.

Lalicki, Tom. Shots at Sea: A Houdini & Nate Mystery. Farrar, 2007.

Lutes, Jason. Houdini: The Handcuff King. Hyperion, 2007.

MacLeod, Elizabeth. Harry Houdini: A Magical Life. Kids Can, 2005.

McCully, Emily Arnold. The Amazing Felix. Putnam, 1993.

McCully, Emily Arnold. Mirette on the High Wire. Putnam, 1992.

Mullin, Rita T. Harry Houdini: Death-Defying Showman. Sterling, p2007.

Petersen, P. J. The Amazing Magic Show. Simon & Schuster, 1994.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride. Illus. by Brian Selznick. Scholastic, 1999.

Selznick, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures. Scholastic, 2007.

Van Allsburg, Chris. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Houghton Mifflin, 1979.

Van Allsburg, Chris. Probuditi! Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

White, Florence. Escape! The Life of Harry Houdini. Julian Messner, 1979.