Synopses & Reviews
Drawing on the unique historical sites, archives, expertise, and unquestioned authority of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, New York Times bestselling authors Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón have created the first authorized and exhaustive graphic biography of Anne Frank. Their account is complete, covering the lives of Annes parents, Edith and Otto; Anne's first years in Frankfurt; the rise of Nazism; the Franks' immigration to Amsterdam; war and occupation; Anne's years in the Secret Annex; betrayal and arrest; her deportation and tragic death in Bergen-Belsen; the survival of Anne's father; and his recovery and publication of her astounding diary.
"The team that created the bestselling The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation reunites to produce a stunning biography of Anne Frank, a book as historically rigorous as it is personally engaging. The story begins with the youths of Anne's parents, Otto and Edith, then traces the family's trajectory through WWI, into WWII, and finally beyond it to Otto's postwar activities and his death in 1980. Anne's childhood is portrayed against the background of the Depression and the rise of Nazism. The narration mixes historical background and informative 'snapshots' of events like Germany's Nuremberg Laws of 1935, Kristallnacht, and the concentration camps, with details about the Franks and their household. Personality and life are added not just through Anne's oft-quoted diary but other contemporary memoirs and narratives--all listed in a bibliography--along with a chronology of world events and Anne's life. The combination of history, memoir, and richly detailed graphic representations creates a powerful whole, a beautiful and important graphic novel that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike. (Sept.) Long before the Smurfs became a staple of Saturday morning cartoons, they first appeared in a Belgian comic in the late 1950s as supporting characters in the strip Johan and Peewit (Johan et Pirlouit). In this first adventure, Peewit, a young medieval court jester, stumbles upon a magic flute. Peewit loves all musical instruments, despite his music being horrendous, but his favorite is the magic flute, which emits such a bewitching tune that everyone who hears it starts dancing until they drop. While Peewit only uses the flute for pranks, villain Matthew Oilycreep steals the instrument for his own nefarious purposes. Peewit and his friend, Johan, set off in pursuit of Oilycreep, who's dancing villagers into a stupor and stealing their money. Wizard Master Homnibus recognizes the enchanted flute and sends the pair--via 'hypo-kinesis'--to the Cursed Land populated with tiny blue people known as Smurfs. Peewit and Johan enlist the help of the Smurf leader, Papa Smurf, to take down Oilycreep and return the flute, a Smurf creation, back to its rightful owners. The Smurfs' timeless appeal, from their unique language to their strange blue hue, will certainly enchant a new generation, just in time for next summer's live action feature film. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
This graphic novel tells the story of young Ben Franklinandrsquo;s quest for moral perfectionandmdash;and relies primarily on his own words to do so! Adapted from The Autobiography and using additional text from Poor Richardandrsquo;s Almanac, readers are visually transported into Ben Franklinandrsquo;s world of printing presses, quills, and beer steins. Franklin undertakes an experiment to try and live out thirteen andlsquo;virtuesandrsquo; and achieve moral perfectionandmdash;with mixed results.
About the Author
Julian Hanshaw is an animator and illustrator based in England. He has written two graphic novels and#8211; The Art of Pho and Iand#8217;m Never Coming Back and#8211; and received the Observer/Comica graphic short story prize for his 2008 work, "Sand Dunes and Sonic Booms."
Daniel Harmon is the editorial director at Zest Books, as well as a longtime editor of pop culture projects for a variety of publishers. A former staff writer at Brokelyn.com, his essay about Tommy Wiseauandrsquo;s film The Room was published in the anthology Cult Pop Culture. He is the author of Super Pop!: Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, Make It Through the Holidays (2013), and the forthcoming graphic graphic novel The Young Ben Franklin due to be publsihed in 2015.