Sunday, December 6, 2009
Houdini: The Handcuff King by Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi
Part non-fiction, part historical fiction, Lutes & Bertozzi begin with an introduction that speaks directly to youth, contextualizing Houdini’s keen marketing strategies in an era when newspapers were the primary form of mass media. With an almost cinematic feel, the graphic text imagines how one of Houdini’s more famous stunts might have been made possible with some help from his beloved wife and his own unrelenting pursuit of fame. Struggling readers may find a successful reading experience within this graphic text. Particularly helpful to teachers are the panel discussions that provide historical information for selected pages of the graphic text. A bibliography is also included.
Lutes, Jason, and Nick Bertozzi. Houdini: The handcuff king. New York: The Center for Cartoon Studies, 2007.