March 24 Birthday: Houdini: World’s Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King

Harry Houdini, magician
Mar. 24, 1874-Oct. 31, 1926

Houdini: World’s Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2005)

Houdini sawed people in half and wrapped himself in chains—all in the name of magic. This biography offers a look inside his life, his challenges and his performances.

Visit the PBS American Experience site about Houdini, The Man Behind the Myth for a timeline, gallery, teacher’s guide and special features.

March 24 Birthday: The Secret of the Great Houdini

 Houdini, magician
Mar. 24, 1874-Oct. 31, 1926

The Secret of the Great Houdini by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Leonid Gore (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002).

A little boy is mesmerized as he watches to see if Houdini can escape from a seemingly impossible bind. A fictionalized account of what it might have been like watching the great escape artist.

The Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA is dedicated solely to Harry Houdini. There’s also a Harry Houdini website with lots of extras.

March 24 Birthday: A Picture Book of Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini, magician
Mar. 24, 1874-Oct. 31, 1926

A Picture Book of Harry Houdini by David A. Adler, illustrated by Matt Collins (Holiday House, 2009).

Harry Houdini lived a glamorous life as a magician, mesmerizing fans with his death-defying escapes but he came from a very modest background. He helped his family make ends meet by shining shoes. A look at the boy who became one of the world’s greatest escape artists. Back matter contains extensive source notes and recommended websites.