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A Picture Book of Harry Houdini 1 Edition
Contributor(s): Adler, David A., Adler, Michael S., Collins, Matt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0823420590     ISBN-13: 9780823420599
Publisher: Holiday House
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: August 2009
Annotation: Harry Houdini astounded audiences around the globe as he freed himself from ropes, handcuffs, and prison cells. This biography includes a bibliography, source notes, important dates, and recommended Web sites. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Magicians; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Magicians; United States; Pictorial works; Juvenile literature.
Escape artists; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Performing Arts
Dewey: 793.8092
LCCN: 2008023212
Lexile Measure: 770
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Picture Book Biography
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 10.25" W x 0.50" (0.75 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 131584
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q47360
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring)
The Adlers (father and son) continue their picture book biography collaboration with a look at escape artist and magician Houdini. After describing his famous milk-can escape, the story backtracks to his birth then continues along chronologically. Aimed at beginning readers, the book has short sentences, easy vocabulary, and a few direct quotes. Illustrations in muted tones feature eye-catching perspectives. Timeline, websites. Bib. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 August)

Gr 1–3—From Houdini's humble beginnings to international superstardom, this picture-book biography presents the highlights of the magician's life. Deeply hued illustrations, heavy with red and black tones, are well suited to the subject and give the text added drama and depth. Careful research is reflected in the quotations that are fully attributed and an authors' note describing historical discrepancies that exist with regard to Houdini's background. Events are detailed in a straightforward, mostly chronological arrangement that makes the book easy to follow for beginning readers. Kathleen Krull's Houdini (Walker, 2007), also a picture-book biography but written for slightly older children, is more successful in capturing Houdini's unique spirit and personal oddities.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA

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