Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust (book review)
Words by Loic Dauvillier; Art by Marc Lizano & Greg Salsedo
This graphic novel isn’t overly graphic at all, so it’s a good introductory book for younger readers who are interested in learning about the fate of hidden Jewish children in France during World War II. Obviously, there’s a lot left out, but that’s because the target audience is children. This might be just enough information for such young readers. They can relate to Dounia/Simone, but they won’t be traumatized by what they read and see.
The story of a boy who is forced to be courageous in Maoist China is a solid mix of history and fantasy. The action revolves around a terra-cotta soldier who comes to life and a kid who risks everything to accomplish the impossible. Younger readers will enjoy the fast paced adventure, and the black and white photos with captions will teach them about China’s history along the way.
The fact that I received a copy from Netgalley didn’t influence my review.
War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon McKay, Daniel LaFrance
Reading this was heart breaking, and I cannot even begin to imagine how long and arduous is the healing process is for a child soldier, or at least for those fortunate enough to escape and to be rehabilitated. This story, itself, is fiction, but it is based on real accounts of former child soldiers, regular children who were abducted by Joseph Kony and forced to do the unspeakable.
I appreciate the publisher and Netgalley for a review copy. It was difficult to read because it was so heart wrenching, but I am truly glad I read it. These stories need to be told.
the first time you fell and skinned your knees, your mother took you into her arms, but your father said, “look up, wipe that rain off your face” and you learned how to be earth instead, solid and firm. inside your bones were turning to slush and your hurricane heart was threatening to break…