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Happy Graphic Novel Week! The first comic that I am reviewing is my personal favorite. I am reviewing Maus, written and illustrated by Art Spiegelman. It is about how a jewish person survived the Halocaust. It is also about how it emotionally scarred him and how it affected his relationship with his son.

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On the cover is the main character, Vladek, and his wife, Anja. Behind them is the infamous swastiska.

 

       Maus is the story of the author’s father, Vladek Spiegelman. It is the story of how he survived the events leading up to and during World War 2. It is the story of how he stuck together with his wife Anja through the horrible anti-semitism and the unspeakable work camps. It is also the story of how his son, the author, has to deal with his father’s emotional scars from the work camps. It is a story of survival and family.

     Maus is one of the greatest books I have read. It has excellent symbolism,( the Nazis are cats, and the Jews are mice.) It also has excellent art, and wonderful characters. The plot is very exciting, and it is very hard to put down until the very last page. The best part, however, is the perspective. Most stories we hear about the work camps are about large groups of these very unfortunate people. This book tells the story of the individual, the survivor, the emotionally scarred. It is an amazing book. I urge everyone reading this to get it from the libary or buy it. You will want to read this over and over again. This book is for all ages, and all lovers of comics, and anyone even remotely intrested in Nazi Germany. 

 I rate this book a 10 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing The Book Thief, the story of a girl who lives in Germany when it was ruled by Hitler. This book won the Printz award, and it was written by Markus Zusak. This book was also a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

 

On the cover is Rudy's hand, about to topple his domino chain.

On the cover is Rudy's hand, about to topple his domino chain.

 

The Book Thief is the story of Liesel Meminger, a girl put in foster care in Nazi Germany. At first she is slightly resentful, but as time goes on, she starts to think of her foster parents as her real parents and befriends a boy named Rudy. She lives an okay life, considering she was in the lower class, but her true joy was reading. Since her family can’t afford books, she steals them from Nazi bonfires, and the mayor’s house. Soon she gets caught up in the joy of reading, sometimes forgetting she’s in Germany during World War 2.

 

This book is great. The setting, descriptions and characters are all wonderful. It is easy to see why it is a bestseller. However, the ending is not that good. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered, and you feel there could be more to the ending. It feels like the book ended in a rush. However, the beginning and middle are great. This is a great read to anyone who enjoys realistic fiction and historical fiction.

 

I rate this book a 9 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing Bud, Not Buddy, the story about an child in Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression as he searched for the father he never knew.

 

On the cover we see Bud sitting on his suitcase

On the cover we see Bud sitting on his suitcase, and in the background, we see the flyer, the only clue of who and where Bud's father is.

Bud, not Buddy is the story about a boy who has nothing but the clothes on his back and a suitcase filled with his blanket, some rocks, a picture of his mother, and some flyers of what Bud belives to be his father. After being mistreated at his foster home, he ran away to find his father. Will Bud be able to find his father?

 

This book is fantastic. The story is great, a real page turner. The setting is great. The only thing bad is that there are not that many descriptions. Other then that, it is an amazing book. It will be great for any reader, any age, especially fans of historical fiction. 

 

I rate this book a 9 out of 10

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