|Anne Frank's diary : the graphic adaptation|
Author: Folman, Ari
The only graphic novel adaptation of Anne Frank's diary authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation using text from the diary to introduce a new generation of young readers to a Holocaust classic.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 5.50
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 199589
School Library Journal (+) (00/08/18)
Booklist (+) (10/15/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2018 Gr 8 Up—Authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation, this volume beautifully brings to life the inhabitants of the Secret Annex. Although this account has not been adapted verbatim, owing to length, Folman and Polonsky effectively convey the material, and the visuals capture the heartbreak of families in prolonged hiding. Many illustrations are fanciful, evocative of Anne's intense daydreaming. At the heart of her diary is Anne herself: self-aware, gutsy, and unpretentious. Readers see her mature over the years. A particularly arresting passage portrays her internal struggle in the form of "two Annes": the everyday girl and the serene paragon she strives to be—a compelling theme that emerges throughout the work. Frank's diary has long been an important work for children and adults alike; this graphic adaptation adds even more meaning for newer generations' introduction to Holocaust literature. VERDICT A necessary addition for graphic novel collections.—Michael Marie Jacobs, Darlington School, GA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/15/2018 *Starred Review* Adapting a remarkable primary source like Anne Frank’s diary is no small feat. How do you summarize and visualize such a remarkable document of the Holocaust? As if that weren’t challenge enough, how can you capture the inside of a young girl’s head, her insecurities, dreams, and fears? This graphic novel adaptation takes many risks. The first of many, and its saving grace, is its loyalty to Anne’s own voice. Often witty, ironic, even snarky, Anne’s writing has an acerbic sense of humor. This adaptation is first and foremost a remembrance of that Anne who, despite living a life marred by tragedy, tried by indignities, always held true to herself. Light touches of historical context, woven in through diary entries, provide necessary background without coming across as overly didactic. The whimsical nature of Polonsky’s illustrations, which play upon Anne’s active imagination during her time in hiding, are unexpectedly moving; though we never lose sight of the gravitas of Anne’s story, these forays into fantasy, which show Anne escaping from the harsh present into a future that will never come, serve to remind us of the truly human face of genocide. This is an exceptionally graceful homage to a story that deserves to be told for years to come. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.