Sunday, February 6, 2011

Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Biography by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón

Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography
A biography told in graphic format, Anne Frank, tells the story of Anne's life from her birth, to her life in the Secret Annex, to her tragic death in a Nazi concentration camp, to the lasting legacy of her diary. I wasn't sure that the comic format would be an appropriate way to showcase Anne's life, since some artist's styles are too campy. Not so, with this one. There's an adjustment in style when switching from life in the Secret Annex to updating major events in Nazi Germany and the war. The illustrations with the Nazis are drawn with harsher lines, seem more angular, so the reader immediately understands the horrors associated with the Nazis.

The story is complete and I applaud the inclusion of the importance of the publishing of Anne's diary. By presenting her story in this graphic format, Anne's story is now much more accessible for those that might be put off by the size and difficulty of Anne's diary. I give it a 'B+.'

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