This Term, we have been doing a unit on Graphic Novels.
In our class, we were split up into two groups. One group has been reading the book Bone, Out of Boneville and the other group reading Maus by Art Speigelman.
I found Maus very interesting. Art Spiegelman, the author, has cleverly written this book all in comic strips and using animals to show the events that took place in World War 2. All of the races are portrayed as animals, the Jews being mice, the Poles being pigs, the Nazis being cats and the Allies being dogs.
|Look at the way Art Speigelman has used animals to tell the story.|
I found this novel powerful in the way it was written, a true story from Art Spiegelman’s father. This book illustrates events of Vladek Spiegelman's life and how he felt during the Holocaust. Even though at times the book was slightly confusing, I really liked it. I think that the author used mice to show weakness and helplessness and I think that the cats showed power, killing and domination.
I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a war stories, comics or non-fiction. Even if you do not enjoy Graphic Novels, I think that you should give this book a go because you might be surprised by how much you like it.
I give this book a 4 out of 5!
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