Thursday, April 21, 2005

Houdini: World's Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Eric Velasquez

"My mind is the key that sets me free."
-- Harry Houdini
Houdini: World's Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Walker, 2005). Brilliantly crafted picture book biography unveils (some) secrets behind the famous magician. Includes bibliography. Ages 7-up.

In coordination with the publication of the book, Walker is encouraging readers under age 14 to share with them the book that provided them with a great escape. In 25 words or fewer, readers should include the title and author of the book as well as an explanation as to why the book is so special to them. Each entry will receive a free bracelet (like the Lance Armstrong bracelets, only red) that is inscribed with the Houdini quote featured above. Readers should see the Walker site for details (though your friendly blogging Cyn couldn't find any).

I'm sporting my bracelet now and thus can verify that it is quite fetching.

Krull also is the author of another wonderful picture book biography A Woman For President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Jane Dyer (Walker, 2004)(ages 7-up)(see teacher's guide).

Cynsational News & Links

Author Spotlight: Anjali Banerjee, author of Maya Running from the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County. A new Q&A with a quickly rising star!

Author Anastasia Suen's blog led me to a list of children's/YA literary agencies at the Bologna Children's Book Fair (translation: players) and information on the Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Collection Memorial Fellowship. Bookmark Anastasia for more news, including the latest changes at Harcourt!

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