Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Anne Frank: the Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography

The book I’m about to review is based on one I’m sure you’ve heard of. It’s Anne Frank, her complete story from birth to death in graphic novel form by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón. I have learned things that I didn’t know from reading this book.  I didn’t know that Anne and her sister, Margot died weeks before British troops liberated their camp. I didn’t know all of the little stories from Anne’s toddler years. And I didn’t know that the Russians saved her father, Otto.

One thing I like is that this book goes further than the original diary. I had no idea about what happened in the camps. I didn’t know about Anne’s childhood friends. It gave me so much more information than the original diary could have. Her diary was left behind when Anne and her family were taken from the Annex.

The great thing about this book being a graphic novel is that you can see how things and people really looked. Before this, I really only knew how Anne looked because of all the famous pictures of her. I had no idea what any of the other people hiding in the annex looked like. In addition to drawings, there are photographs of her family, the VanPels family, Fritz Pfeffer and their protectors.

The art style in Anne Frank: the Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography, in my opinion, is Ernie Colón draws a scene, it looks like a drawing, but when he draws one of the famous pictures, it really looks like the picture.
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I loved this book. It had all the info the diary had and more. It had great art, and it told one of the world’s greatest stories. I would give this book 5 s out of 5.  


  1. Thanks for this review, Milo! I didn't know that this book was even out there. I am excited to get my hands on it now. I agree with you that seeing the whole context of something -- like Anne Frank's life -- can make the other pieces even more powerful.

    Maybe this book will even be useful for a high school class on the Holocaust that I'm teaching next fall.

  2. Excellent! I have just referred my entire homeschool group to this blog. Great job Milo!

  3. Thanks Milo - looks like a great read. I will order for us - I didn't know this was out there either.

  4. Wow- such a positive review! Definitely makes me want to read it. When my daughter was younger, she was afraid of the dentist. Reading that Anne Frank had to share a room with a family friend who was a DENTIST really upset her! I think she was to young to understand the Holocaust. Maybe it's time for us to read about Anne Frank again. Thanks, Milo.

  5. Thanks so much for this review. I wouldn't have known about this book if it weren't for you. My mom bought me the text version of Anne Frank's diary when I was nine and it's been one of my favorite books since. Even at 36, I'm still like Anne - a hyper teenage girl who wants to try new things and has to fight to be taken seriously by the "real" grownups in her life. Can't wait to read this.

  6. Great review, Milo - One day we'll take you to Amsterdam where you can see the house for yourself. A very sad story, but an important one for people to know. Thanks for reading the adaption and spreading the word. Now, off to New Hampshire for you!

  7. I must admit, I liked everything you said that recommends this graphic novel. The extra information this book provided makes the story all the more poignant.
    Now, have fun in New hampshire!

  8. I should have really read the bio primary! I consideration you were in your 20s looking at your photo. What a luminous way to use up your hard earned money and time, very stimulating.

  9. These are so adorable! I love them! I like how they can be imaginative if they want with their bottles or do something a diminutive less artsy with the poster!