Monday, January 25, 2010

So what do we think? The Houdini Box

The Houdini Box

Selznick, Brian. (2008) The Houdini Box. New York, NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon and Schuster. ISBN 10: 1-4169-6878-4. See review at

Quick to read and yet long in wonderment, Selznick’s first authored book demonstrates his ability to make every story a silent picture show. Historical facts are so smoothly woven into the storyline it is difficult to determine the line where reality cross over into fantasy. Replications of posters, pictures and articles from the era mixed with Selznick’s notable illustrations show us the emotions felt by Victor as he pursues his hero, Houdini.

The characters and their reactions are realistic for the era,  leaving the reader with the feeling they have been transported back in time even if just for a short while. Stylistically written and at times, perhaps, surreal, you will want to applaud and shout “yes!” at its ending. Parents should watch their kids while they read the book; they will be sure to see smiles on their faces. highly recommends this book!


  1. Thank you! I will be sure to put this on the boys' reading list!!

  2. Great! You might have them look at The Boy with a Thousand Faces too. Same author and style; great books!


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