Born Erik Weisz in 1874 in Hungry, Ehrie (later changed to Harry), became the most famous escape artist in history. When he was a boy, his father moved to America, but didn’t have the money to bring his family over for two years. When he was eight, he saw his first magic show which started his love for magic. When his magic shows as an adult weren’t bringing in enough money, he and his assistant Bess moved to escape tricks. From there, the rest is history.
A great easy biography to introduce people to Harry Houdini. The information is accurate, the illustrations are befitting of the time period Harry lived in, and the text is simple enough to understand. Beginning readers who aren’t quite ready for chapter books who like magic, magicians, and/or famous people will enjoy reading this book. EL (K-3). ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, HUN Public Library.