- Full Description
This illustrated biography combines original artwork and archival artifacts—photographs, playbills, posters, letters, and Houdini’s own stage props—to bring the story of the world’s greatest escape artist to life. Learn 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. He began as an escape artist and evolved into the “King of Handcuffs” on the vaudeville circuit, becoming 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.
"…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
"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
2012 Orbis Pictus Recommended book
2012 Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award – Honor book
Janice Weaver is a noted non-fiction author for young people. Her book Hudson received a starred review from Booklist. She lives in Toronto. Chris Lane, an illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications, lives in Oakland, California.
- Additional Information
Item Code HARHOH Publisher Abrams Publish Date 2011 ISBN 9781419700149 Print Status Out of Print Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 10x10 # Pages 48pg Color Partial Color
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