HOUDINI by Kathleen Krull

HOUDINI

World’s Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 7 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Still a name with which to conjure, Houdini left swaths of his past and his techniques shrouded in mystery—but here veteran biographer Krull peeks behind the curtain for glimpses of his life, his feats and his character. It’s that character that comes through most clearly; “fierce about his craft,” Houdini dedicated himself to perfecting his escapes—several of which get blow-by-blow, present-tense recaps that invite readers to share the audience’s amazement—while polishing his legend and, as he quipped, “making an honest million.” In smoothly accomplished oils, Velasquez frames much of the tale as a stage performance narrated by an announcer in top hat and tails; adding posters and other evocative details to the settings, the artist accurately depicts the magician, his wife and many of the trunks, cases, shackles and other constraints from which he escaped with (seeming) ease. Budding magicians won’t find more than hints here of how Houdini did it, but a tempting set of print and digital resources caps this perceptive and dramatic tribute. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8027-8953-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Walker
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2005




PERFORMING ARTISTS IN PICTURE-BOOK BIOGRAPHIES:

Children THE GIRL ON THE HIGH-DIVING HORSE by Linda Oatman High
by Linda Oatman High
Children ELLA FITZGERALD by Andrea Davis Pinkney
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Children BALLET OF THE ELEPHANTS by Leda Schubert
by Leda Schubert
Children HOUDINI by Kathleen Krull
by Kathleen Krull

MORE BY KATHLEEN KRULL

ChildrenWHAT'S NEW? THE ZOO! by Kathleen Krull
by Kathleen Krull
ChildrenLIVES OF THE SCIENTISTS by Kathleen Krull
by Kathleen Krull
ChildrenTHE BEATLES WERE FAB by Kathleen Krull
by Kathleen Krull

MORE BY ERIC VELASQUEZ

ChildrenOL' CLIP-CLOP by Patricia C. McKissack
by Patricia C. McKissack
ChildrenAS FAST AS WORDS COULD FLY by Pamela M. Tuck
by Pamela M. Tuck
ChildrenTHE PRICE OF FREEDOM by Dennis Brindell Fradin
by Dennis Brindell Fradin

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

MysterySO DAMN LUCKY by Deborah Coonts
by Deborah Coonts