Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic

Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Drawing on the unique historical sites, archives, expertise, and unquestioned authority of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, New York Times bestselling authors Sid Jacobson and Ernie Col n have created the first authorized and exhaustive graphic biography of Anne Frank Their account is complete, covering the lives of Anne s parents, Edith and Otto Anne s first years in Frankfurt the rise of Nazism the Franks immigration to Amsterdam war and occupation Anne s years in the Secret Annex betrayal and arrest her deportation and tragic death in Bergen Belsen the survival of Anne s father and his recovery and publication of her astounding diary I just finished reading The Anne Frank graphic novel Earlier this year I read a novel about Anne Frank written by Miep Gies, which was an employee of Otto Frank, Anne s father I really enjoyed this graphic,than the first one that I read I felt like this story is very important and it was enjoyable to see it in a different aspect Having the pictures there it engages you in the book Although I enjoyed reading the novel by Miep Gies I liked this graphic novel better because it focused mo I just finished reading The Anne Frank graphic novel Earlier this year I read a novel about Anne Frank written by Miep Gies, which was an employee of Otto Frank, Anne s father I really enjoyed this graphic,than the first one that I read I felt like this story is very important and it was enjoyable to see it in a different aspect Having the pictures there it engages you in the book Although I enjoyed reading the novel by Miep Gies I liked this graphic novel better because it focusedon Anne In the other novel I felt that by the end I really did not get to know who Anne was or any of the insight in hiding because Miep only came up once a day and that was to bring food This graphic wasfocused on the family members and really showed all of their personalities and what happened during hiding There were many different things I learned in this book that was not in the novel I did not know that Anne and her mother did not get along very well, or that Anne and Peter dated and he was her first kiss In this graphic we also got to see what happened to them while they were in the concentration camps, where as in the novel we see what Mieps life is like after the Franks were taken away Both books are great and both show a different side to the same story I recommend this book to anyone that has ever read a book about Anne Frank and I think that this graphic novel and the novel written by Miep Gies compliment each other very well The illustrations were also very well done We visited Amsterdam for a few days over the summer and made it a point to visit the Anne Frank House It was one of the highlights of our entire trip and we were moved beyond words Here s a picture that we took while standing in line we were lucky enough to be one of the first in line I had no idea that there was an Anne Frank biographical novel until we went to the bookshop All the English copies were out of stock, so we waited till we got back home to place an order This book is accurat We visited Amsterdam for a few days over the summer and made it a point to visit the Anne Frank House It was one of the highlights of our entire trip and we were moved beyond words Here s a picture that we took while standing in line we were lucky enough to be one of the first in line I had no idea that there was an Anne Frank biographical novel until we went to the bookshop All the English copies were out of stock, so we waited till we got back home to place an order This book is accurate, well organized, and chock full of detailed information I would highly recommend it combined with another Holocaust graphic novel, another favorite of mine, Maus I honestly wish that both were required reading for all secondary school students, although I recommend both books for all ages Both are an absolute pleasure to read, despite the awful and horrific subject matter I didn t expect to learn anything new, or even to be touched very deeply by this book being that I know the subject matter so thoroughly having read the diary many times, and otherwise immersed myself in background material for the last 42 years I was wrong Somehow, the drawings of the familiar photographs renewed their emotional impact for me Somehow, the drawings of the photographs of Nazi criminals, and the other instances of historical information and context, made it muchperso I didn t expect to learn anything new, or even to be touched very deeply by this book being that I know the subject matter so thoroughly having read the diary many times, and otherwise immersed myself in background material for the last 42 years I was wrong Somehow, the drawings of the familiar photographs renewed their emotional impact for me Somehow, the drawings of the photographs of Nazi criminals, and the other instances of historical information and context, made it muchpersonal and real There are images that will definitely stick with me the two sisters, Anne Margot, about ages 2 and 5, in their white singlets with innocent eyes gazing up at their beloved father In the drawing, the carelessly drooping strap has been restored to Anne s shoulder So poignant and heart wrenching that these adjustments and fixes may be made to images, but that the life itself was so brutally crushed out of two little girls and countless others The image of Anne affixing her photos of film stars to the wall in her tiny room, palm emphatically flat to the surface, exerting her will The book pointed out that the Secret Annex was barely 700 square feet in total, housing 8 people Anne s room, shared with Mr Dussel, and Anne s parents room, shared with Margot, were each 6 wide Reading those facts caused my blood to freeze imagine the sense of being trapped in these tiny spaces with so many others A very worthwhile read and I probably will need to own this book, someday This graphic biography chronicles the life of the Nazi movement beginning with Germany in WWI and its rise to power, and the life of Anne Frank beginning with her parent s courtship and her development from carefree girlhood to pensive adolescent, culminating with the Armistice and Anne s death at Auschwitz, just a few weeks before the end of WWII Each chapter contains at least one snapshot a 1 3 to full page that, like a sidebar, imparts some background information, like a family tree w This graphic biography chronicles the life of the Nazi movement beginning with Germany in WWI and its rise to power, and the life of Anne Frank beginning with her parent s courtship and her development from carefree girlhood to pensive adolescent, culminating with the Armistice and Anne s death at Auschwitz, just a few weeks before the end of WWII Each chapter contains at least one snapshot a 1 3 to full page that, like a sidebar, imparts some background information, like a family tree with portraits drawn from photographs, a map that shows the territories in control of each of the combatants, and a page on concentration camps The snapshots break up the narrative of Anne s life and the progression of the Nazi movement The text is well supported with facts and primary source material, such as interviews with concentration camp survivors, and of course, excerpts from Anne s diary itself The creators occasionally put undocumented thoughts into the character s heads, and I was left wondering how they KNEW that s what the person was thinking at the time The layout is very orderly, a classic 2 panel by 3 panel formation Style varies slightly from page to page, employing the classic left to right Z formation for reading A few split screen style illustrations show what various characters are doing, within the same timeframe One especially clever panel on pg 104 uses the spread of an airplane s wings to transition a scene Perspectives vary, making use of techniques such as silhouette, closeups, angles, and aerials, only the text breaks out of the neat boxes, and there are plenty of opportunities chaotic moments for such deviation Chapter headings have unique full page illustrations with interesting angles.The artist employs traditional devices such as a lightning bolt shaped speech bubble for speech coming from a radio, and puffy cloud like speech bubbles to indicate thoughts instead of spoken words The somber hues of the artwork especially the gray and beige of the concentration camps are effective at setting mood, while the browns and golds lend an old fashioned and historical feel Many illustrations are beautifully rendered reproductions from actual photographs of the building at 263 Prinsegracht, of emaciated prisoners in the camps, of Otto Frank Several, rendered in grayscale, pack a real punch, forcing the reader to stop and contemplate the significance of the action captured Anne s palette shifts from pink, purple and white as a young girl tosober maroons, browns and blues as a teen The soft, hazy style of the illustrations on page 74 of rooms in the annex devoid of their inhabitants has a nostalgic, nearly ghostly feel the same technique, employed in sepia on pg 139, is nothing short of haunting The chronology at the end of the book juxtaposes two timelines Anne s family in black ink and WWII in red ink Sources are credited on the final page, with only one suggestion for further explanation the museum website I think this well intentioned book would be a muchsatisfying read if it had stronger art editorial direction it suffers from a textbook like tone in too many places for the reader to become lost in the very powerful story of Anne s life In spite of the objective tone, the images in chapter 9, Discovery are absolutely heartwrenching Chapter 10, The Story Lives On, chronicles the one surviving member of the eight who hid in the annex, and how Anne s diary not only went on to see the light of day, but was made into a play and a film, translated into over 70 languages, and achieved her dream of someday becoming a writer.I feel strongly that delivery is too lecturey in tone, and unfortunately diminishes the appeal of this book In spite of the popularity of Anne s story, the tragic appeal, the message about peace, harmony and acceptance It s not a balanced enough piece to warrant 5 stars It has too much of a souvenir feel, like the book was commissioned to sell in the gift shop at the Anne Frank House to teach people about Anne s life

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