Visualize Anne Frank's Life like never before.

Summary:

On her thirteenth birthday, Anne’s parents gifted her a beautiful diary. Anne never really had someone to talk to about her deepest thoughts, so when Kitty, her new diary, comes along Anne is elated. First, she starts by writing about her family and school, where all the boys adore her. But soon enough, Anne’s life is turned upside down.

The German occupation of Holland puts her family’s lives in danger. Anne and her family stow themselves away in the Secret Annex, a tiny hidden section in her father’s office building. There they remain hidden from the world with the van Daan family and Albert Dussel. Through her diary, Anne chronicles her time inside the Secret Annex, the conflicting emotions she had regarding her situation, and her profound contemplation and musings. 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
Reading Anne’s diary in graphic novel form brought me into Anne’s world, and I felt like I was there with her as she struggled being cooped up with her family and people who viewed her with disapproval. The stunning illustrations beautifully express and visualize Anne Frank’s powerful writing. Through her telltale sarcasm, humor, and introspective outlook, Anne Frank writes a moving account of her experience during World War II.

I enjoyed Anne Frank’s writing most of all. This is a summary of Anne Frank's diary, which the author acknowledges at the end. It was surprising to see such deep and intimate writing from someone as young as Anne. She was wise beyond her years, having matured so quickly during difficult times. Her writing is incredibly reflective with a thoughtful outlook on the state of her world. Her sense of self-awareness, humanity, and earnestness makes me want to read the entire diary.  With a meaningful story like Anne’s, it truly is something that everyone should get around to reading. 

I would recommend this graphic novel to anyone 11 years or older. Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation would make a great gift to younger readers and fans of graphic novels. 


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The Diary of a Young Girl stands alone as an amazing work of literature. Complementing Anne Frank's words with illustrations brings her words to a new audience and allow them to more deeply feel her emotions and thoughts with this visual experience.

Content Awareness Factors:

Minor violence, sexual elements, profanity, and smoking are all referenced in Anne Frank's diary. This graphic novel excerpts and summarizes content from Anne Frank's diary. Readers looking to read The Diary of a Young Girl will still want to find that book.


Type of Book:
This is a graphic novel adaptation of Anne Frank's diary.
Educational Themes:

Start with free-form discussion. What did your reader learn that they didn't know before? What do they think of Anne? Was Anne (and her family) a victim or a hero?

The Internet has lots of discussion guides for Diary of a Young Girl, the book that is a printed version of Anne Frank's diary. Because this uses excerpts from the diary, some guides won't be effective. This Reading Groups Guide has broader questions that fit better with this graphic novel adaptation.

Reading Level:
5.5
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 17.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. Graphic novel, history, and nonfiction fans, as well as readers who like inspirational stories, may want this for their permanent bookshelf.

Title Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation
Author Anne Frank, Ari Folman
Publisher Pantheon © 2018
Illustrators David Polonsky
ISBN 9781101871799
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.95
Genres Biography, History, Comics | Graphic Novels, 1940s & 1950s, War
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