Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini

The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist

Book - 2011
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This illustrated biography of Harry Houdini combines original artwork and archival artifacts--including photographs, playbills and posters, letters, and even some of Houdini's own stage props--to bring the story of the world's greatest escape artist to life.
Readers will learn all about Houdini's unique rags-to-riches story, from his birth in a Hungarian ghetto to his death from a ruptured appendix at age fifty-two. The book details his career as an escape artist and explains how he evolved into the "King of Handcuffs" on the vaudeville circuit and became an international star as his escape attempts reached ever more elaborate and dangerous heights. Filled with little-known facts, this is the perfect book for readers interested in magic and the history of Houdini.
The book includes a bibliography and index.

Praise for Harry Houdini
"...a beautifully illustrated biography of this most fascinating man...With entertaining sidebars on metamorphosis tricks and dime bars, Harry Houdini is sure to enchant aspiring magicians, offbeat history buffs and anyone who, in our own straitened times, appreciates a good rag-to-riches tale"
-- New York Times

STARRED REVIEW
"Period photographs from newspapers, personal collections, advertising flyers, and other sources alternate with full-page color artwork to create a rich, engaging tableau. While there are several excellent biographies of Houdini available...this one is a solid addition."
-- School Library Journal, starred review

"A well-rounded addition to the children's bookshelf about the multifaceted man."
-- Publishers Weekly

Award Recognition
2012 Orbis Pictus Recommended book
2012 Norman A. Sugarman Children's Biography Award - Honor book




Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2011.
ISBN: 9781419700149
1419700146
Branch Call Number: j B HOUDINI
Characteristics: [48] pages : illustrations (part color), portraits ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lane, Chris (Christopher W. R.), 1982-

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anali1
May 01, 2013

I didn't like this book because it was too long.

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siana480
Apr 20, 2013

I liked this daring and adventurous book. It was a fun book about a man named harry who does extreme things to make a living.

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BLIVIX26
Apr 10, 2013

dond get it

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Artqueen123
Apr 05, 2013

i thought it was really boring because the writer didnt really use words that would attract the reader to read more

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UCANBURPKNOW
Apr 03, 2013

I kind of liked it because it talked about different and difficult words.

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Naveen28
Mar 19, 2013

i really enjoyed this because this book made me learn some new words that i have never heard of. :)

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kupkakekween
Mar 19, 2013

this guy is amazing :)

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March29
Mar 17, 2013

I liked this book because it told you lots about Houdini's life and at the end it told you some tips on magic.

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Snarfy_Snarf
Mar 11, 2013

this book is not like who needs a swamp where the info is boring its intresting here but this is not intresting enough for me to give a good sccore

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purplekitty2
Mar 11, 2013

I normally don't like non fiction books, but this one was pretty good! I loved how he kept failing but never stopped trying because he wanted to help his family.

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