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The Resource Houdini : the handcuff king, by Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi ; with an introduction by Glen David Gold

Houdini : the handcuff king, by Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi ; with an introduction by Glen David Gold

Label
Houdini : the handcuff king
Title
Houdini
Title remainder
the handcuff king
Statement of responsibility
by Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi ; with an introduction by Glen David Gold
Title variation
Center for Cartoon Studies presents
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In bold graphics, and drawing on the most respected sources, author and artist formulate a living picture of this greatest of Americans and show how time and morals shaped him and his art
Writing style
Illustration
Award
  • Garden State Teen Book Award (New Jersey), Nonfiction, 2010.
  • YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2008
Review
  • Gr 4–10— An interesting fictional account of Harry Houdini's jump from Harvard Bridge in Cambridge, MA, on May 1, 1908. The action moves a bit slowly, but the story demonstrates one of the possible secrets of Houdini's escapes—many have theorized that his wife slipped him keys or lock picks via a kiss. An introduction and discussions of specific panels at the end give further information about the magician, his knack for promotion, and his hard work figuring out countless ways to escape handcuffs, sealed containers, etc. The black, white, and gray drawings are reasonably good—while at times they are flat, the tight focus on the action keeps the story moving. If you have patrons interested in Houdini, escape artists, or graphic novels about real people, this would be a useful addition.—Nancy Kunz, Tuckahoe Public Library, NY --Nancy Kunz (Reviewed July 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 7, p126)
  • A single stunt from the sprawling career of the "handcuff king," Harry Houdini ("The man for whom the phrase 'kids, don't try this at home' might well have been invented," reads Glen David Gold's introduction), is the lynchpin of this brief, elegant book. But the authors intimate larger, at times darker themes (true love, arrogance, anti-Semitism) lurking around the outer edges. Houdini is an insecure man obsessed with fame, but also a faithful and devoted husband. As the story opens on May 1, 1908, he is preparing for a handcuffed jump from Harvard Bridge, chafing at badgering reporters and a flock of imitators who are stealing his tricks. Illustrations show him preparing to defeat the handcuffs, and wordless panels ultimately allow readers to witness the escape process in its entirety. Houdini himself comes off as a flawed but respectable man, whose principles make him both exceptional at what he does and difficult to be around. Several pages of historical notes fill in the details. Lutes and Bertozzi successfully offer a tiny snapshot as a way into a very large life. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 19, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 8, p171)
  • /* Starred Review */ Compelling black-and-white illustrations galvanize a moment in the life of revered magician Harry Houdini. Lutes explores the events up to and around Houdini's infamous 1908 feat: a daring jump from Harvard Bridge in which his hands and feet are bound in handcuffs. Though Lutes offers an examination of Houdini's masterful dedication to his craft, he also gives attention to some of the more serious issues in Houdini's life, including his devotion to his wife Bess, his commitment to science and disproving spiritual fraud and his encounters with anti-Semitism. Bertozzi's illustrations are simply spectacular, with many panels fluidly conveying motion and sound solely through his captivating art. There are many wordless passages that never fail to move the plot along and mesmerize the reader. As Glen David Gold forewarns in the introduction, this book may lend itself to multiple readings; and with helpful "panel notes" and bibliography, young readers are sure to investigate this fascinating life further. A straightforward snapshot in the life of renowned magician Harry Houdini, and a glimpse into a life of determination and perseverance. (Graphic format/biography. 11-15) (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2007)
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162553
Cataloging source
IK2
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Lutes, Jason
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • GN
  • 640
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PN6727.L87
LC item number
H68 2007
Literary form
comic strips
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 10
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Bertozzi, Nick
  • Center for Cartoon Studies
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True
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  • Houdini, Harry
  • Cartoons and comics
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the handcuff king
Label
Houdini : the handcuff king, by Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi ; with an introduction by Glen David Gold
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [88])
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
81 p.
Isbn
9780786839025
Lccn
2007276145
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780786839025
  • (OCoLC)123437546
Label
Houdini : the handcuff king, by Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi ; with an introduction by Glen David Gold
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [88])
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
81 p.
Isbn
9780786839025
Lccn
2007276145
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780786839025
  • (OCoLC)123437546

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