Okay so this is definitely NOT a children’s book but I just read it and HAD to write about it. It is a deeply tragic story about the Jewish Holocaust. The author is famous cartoon artist Art Spiegelman who writes about his mother and father’s experience as survivors of Auschwitz. He writes in comic book format where the Nazi’s are Cats and the Jews are Mice. I found this story to be very interesting and very emotional to read. Although extremely disturbing at times I think it is so important to read stories like this so that we never forget the human tragedy that happened in Europe during the 1940’s. I remember reading the Diary of Anne Frank in school but it has been so long I don’t remember how I felt when I read it. With this book I find myself oftentimes in tears and sometimes sick to my stomach. It taught me some things about WWII and also raised a lot of questions for me about people’s perceptions during that time. I have a grandfather who fought in France during WWII and it made me wonder about his experience there
There are two parts, Part I gives the background of how the war started and progressed until they ended up in the concentration camps. Part II is the story of what happened in those camps. It was very difficult to read at times, actually it was horrific but so well written that I feel Spiegelman was born to write this book.
If you decide to read these books make sure you buy them both at the same time because you will immediatly want to start number II when you finish with number I. Also about halfway through the first book you will not be able to put it down and the entire second one you will want to read all the way through until you are done. If anyone else has read these books or has any insight about WWII and the holocaust I would love for you to post our thoughts here.