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“I loved the story and I loved the illustrations. I have not been disappointed by a Brian Selznick book yet!”Katie S wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“it was cool because i love mr houdini”Mason B wrote this review Thursday, January 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good book”Claire Beecher wrote this review Wednesday, December 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Victor, an aspiring, but failing magician, runs into Houdini at the train station one day. Houdini asks for Victor’s luggage tag and promises to write to him and give him all the answers of magic. While Victor awaits his letter from Houdini, he continues to unsuccessfully do magic. When the letter arrives, Victor can’t wait a moment more and rushes to Houdini’s house only to discover that Houdini died earlier that day. Houdini’s widow give Victor a box, but Victor is crushed when he realizes the box belongs to E.W. not Houdini. Year later, after giving up his dreams of magic Victor realizes E.W. were Houdini’s actual initials.
Selznick uses facts from Houdini’s life to create this fast paced, humorous story. Not only does the text carry the reader along, the illustrations are superb. Done in typical Selznick fashion with life-like crosshatched pencil drawings, the illustrations perfectly capture Victor complete curiosity with magic, wonder at seeing Houdini, devastation at his death, and elation with the realization that Houdini and E.W. are one and the same. This amazing tale coupled with the endnotes that provide factual information on Houdini, his box, and how Selznick’s book came to be make Houdini’s Box a book that nearly anyone can enjoy.
“picked this up after reading Hugo - enjoyed Selznick's illustrations. Reminiscent of Maurice Sendak...”Lisa M wrote this review Friday, July 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Like all of Selznick's trademark books, this one combines evocative illustrations with a story tied into a young boy's coming-of-age story. This is relatively short, just about 50 pages, so would be a read-aloud candidate. Victor is 10 and struggles unsuccessfully to master Houdini's tricks. Victor meets Houdini in a train station and asks him questions. Houdini takes his address and Victor waits for a letter. It arrives and tells him to come to the magician's home. But Houdini has just died. His wife gives him a locked box, but Victor puts it away, thinking it wasn't really Houdini's, until he has a boy of his own. Finally, Victor discovers a secret! It is not completely fulfilling, though, since the magic part of the story stays a mystery. Many boys around third- and fourth-grade are interested in Houdini so this would be a good connection. Includes newspaper ads and a note about Houdini's life and what is real and not real about this story. ”Rebecca J wrote this review Monday, July 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ehhhh its ok XD read it for B.O.B ”Emma U wrote this review Thursday, May 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very short and interesting read!”Brittney wrote this review Wednesday, April 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“it is cool