Anne Frank (Graph­ic Library: Graph­ic Lives)

Diego Agrim­bau

  • Review
By – December 19, 2017

The word graph­ic” in the title of this book series refers to more than sim­ply the style of illus­tra­tion. In this case, it refers as well to the truth, dra­ma, and dread which inform these won­der­ful­ly expres­sive pages that retell Anne Frank’s sto­ry in an entire­ly new way. The read­er is not mere­ly told about the Frank fam­i­ly, but is made to feel they’re shar­ing the hid­ing place along with them.

The pic­tures in this book may be sta­t­ic, but the impres­sion is one of con­stant and con­tin­u­al move­ment with­in the rooms of the annex. The read­er can almost feel Anne’s wish­es, dis­gusts, fear, hopes, and blos­som­ing feel­ings of love and ear­ly sex­u­al desire.

Excel­lent resources about the his­to­ry of the time and place are includ­ed as back­mat­ter for fur­ther study.

Mar­cia W. Pos­ner, Ph.D., of the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al and Tol­er­ance Cen­ter of Nas­sau Coun­ty, is the library and pro­gram direc­tor. An author and play­wright her­self, she loves review­ing for JBW and read­ing all the oth­er reviews and arti­cles in this mar­velous periodical.

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