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Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography
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Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography

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by Sid Jacobson, Ernie Colon
 

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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 Colón 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;

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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 Colón 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The team that created the bestselling The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation reunites to produce a stunning biography of Anne Frank, a book as historically rigorous as it is personally engaging. The story begins with the youths of Anne's parents, Otto and Edith, then traces the family's trajectory through WWI, into WWII, and finally beyond it to Otto's postwar activities and his death in 1980. Anne's childhood is portrayed against the background of the Depression and the rise of Nazism. The narration mixes historical background and informative "snapshots" of events like Germany's Nuremberg Laws of 1935, Kristallnacht, and the concentration camps, with details about the Franks and their household. Personality and life are added not just through Anne's oft-quoted diary but other contemporary memoirs and narratives--all listed in a bibliography--along with a chronology of world events and Anne's life. The combination of history, memoir, and richly detailed graphic representations creates a powerful whole, a beautiful and important graphic novel that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

“The full-color graphic biography of Anne, whose Holocaust-era diary has been read by millions, goes beyond the time period she recounts… It brings to life the story of the Frank family, [and] is as visually and historically accurate as possible -- down to the clothing worn by the Franks, the military uniforms of the Nazis, the furniture and layout of the Franks' secret apartment, and Bergen-Belsen, the camp where Anne died in March 1945 at age 15.” —Carol Memmott, USA Today

“Rather than sentimentalizing Anne's story, Anne Frank: The Graphic Biography sets out to provide a historical context and is packed with snippets of information about significant events, ranging from the economic crisis of 1929 to Hitler's rise to power, from the 1935 Nuremberg Laws -- which excluded Jews from German society -- to the Wannsee Conference in 1942, when the Nazis drew up plans to exterminate Europe's Jews.” —Tristana Moore, Time

School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—This graphic biography by the creators of The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation (Hill and Wang, 2006) will introduce a new group of readers to the tragic and inspiring world of Anne Frank. Rather than focus solely on her famous diary, Jacobson and Colón trace Anne's history beginning with her parents' early lives, the family's frequent relocations, the move into the Secret Annex, and the final fates of Anne and the other "hiders." Along the way, they add in factual information to contextualize the events. The full-color artwork does a good job of conveying Anne's world, family, and friends. A list of the people appearing in the story would have been helpful, especially when considering that the Dutch and German names will be unfamiliar to most readers. Overall, this is a high-quality, important work that should find a place in most libraries—Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Library Journal
The team that brought us the comics version of The 9/11 Report draws on resources available through the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, and covers the lives of Anne's parents and historical background about the Nazis as well as Anne's story. Several other Anne Frank comics exist, but they're briefer and pitched for tweens or younger. See LJ's original review here. An essential purchase for teens and adults.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809026852
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
223,647
Product dimensions:
9.22(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
GN800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author


Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón first came together to create the New York Times bestselling The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation (H&W, 2006). Since then, the pair have collaborated on Che: A Graphic Biography (H&W, 2009) and After 9/11: America's War on Terror (2001- ) (H&W, 2008). Jacobson was formerly the managing editor and editor in chief for Harvey Comics, and an executive editor at Marvel Comics. Artist Colón has worked at Harvey, Marvel, and DC Comics.

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Kimberly_Book_Addict More than 1 year ago
Having always had an interest in World War II and the Holocaust I was excited when my friend Adam found this graphic novel sitting on a table in Barnes and Noble. During my graphic novel kick I asked Adam if I could borrow it, to which he responded of course! Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Novel tells the story of Anne Frank, a name that has become synonymous with the Holocaust. The book is a mesh of information about Anne's life and also about what was going on in Europe with Hitler and the Nazis. I feel absolutely terrible for saying this, but I was not a fan of this graphic novel. The idea of it was there, but it just wasn't executed well. The novel intertwines the lives of the Frank's and the history of the Holocaust together, side by side. Unfortunately the book becomes very choppy because of this storytelling technique. There are parts of the dialogue that are written over multiple boxes, making it difficult to figure out which order to read in. The illustrations of the novel are fantastic. Ernie Colon did a wonderful job with the drawing the difficult subject matter of the concentration camps. His depictions of the camps give a clear picture of their horrendous nature, but are toned down slightly to give younger readers an opportunity to read and view this. I would recommend this graphic novel for those looking for a new way to experience the story of Anne Frank. While the book is a bit disjointed and confusing, Anne Frank's story is one worth pursuing. Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)