Title: The Houdini BoxThe Houdini Box
Author: Brian Selznick
Pages: 64
Recommended Ages: 7-10
Star Rating: ★★★★

There are two types of biographies – there are the strict, factual ones. And then there are the ones that fall more into the category of ‘biographical fiction’. The Houdini Box is definitely ‘biographical fiction’.

The protagonist of The Houdini Box, rather than being Houdini himself, is instead a young boy named Victor. Victor adores Houdini and wants to be a ‘magician’ himself – but all of his attempts to walk through walls fail! One day he meets Houdini by chance and Houdini agrees to meet with him. Victor is ecstatic – but on the day that Victor goes for his visit, he learns that Houdini died only hours before. Houdini’s wife gifts Victor with a box of Houdini’s but it takes years for Victor to understand the true significance of the box.

Houdini is referred to as a magician rather than as an illusionist.

Conclusion. Good – Harry Houdini is more informational.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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