On the one hand, these comics were very funny; on the other hand, the book didn’t quite live up to my (admittedly high) expectations.
It helped that I’On the one hand, these comics were very funny; on the other hand, the book didn’t quite live up to my (admittedly high) expectations.
It helped that I’d read or was very familiar with the plots/characters of most of the books.
My favorite comic, perhaps because I’m a fan of sick humor, perhaps because it has always been one of my favorite books, was the one parodying To Kill a Mockingbird. In my opinion, these ran the gamut from brilliant to just okay.
I appreciated how at the end of the book he has a “with apologies to” section where he lists all the books (with original publication dates) and their authors (with birth and, if applicable, death dates.) I admit that I was surprised by how many books were listed because when I read through the comics, this seemed to be such a puny book.
A lot of my favorite books or books perfect for these comics were included, and the premise is wonderful....more
This is a must read book for anyone who’s read and appreciated Anne Frank’s diary in any of its published forms.
I am now eager to read the critical edThis is a must read book for anyone who’s read and appreciated Anne Frank’s diary in any of its published forms.
I am now eager to read the critical edition of the diary, which includes the revisions made by Anne in her last months before her capture; all 3 versions of her diary are included.
The only edition of the diary that I’ve read is the copy I have that I first read when I was eleven. I would have appreciated it so much more if my first reading had been at age thirteen, but my mother was eager to share it with me. I’m glad that she did and that I have the copy that she bought for me. I reread it several times during my teenage years, getting more from it as I got older. I was never given the opportunity to read Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl or any books about Anne Frank for any class during all my years of schooling.
I’ve read at least a half dozen books about Anne Frank in addition to reading her diary and her Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex book, but I suppose I should have read the Critical Edition of Anne Frank’s diary that contains all 3 versions of it before I read this book. I realized that as I was reading the first chapter of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book anyway though, but I do recommend reading the diary in some form before reading this book.
There is so much packed into this book. Prose (I now want to read all her other books) covers Anne’s life, her family’s background, the historical context, Anne as a writer, and she takes a lot of space for this, and it was so interesting. Also, she writes about the making of the play (ah, human nature reared its ugly head there too) and the movie (no wonder I’ve never enjoyed the movie!) She speaks of the legacy including the Anne Frank Museum and other organizations inspired by Anne Frank. She also talks about various reactions to Anne Frank, her diary, and the holocaust in general, including denial, controversy, and the diary and its various subject matter being taught in schools.
I learned that with the exception of the Polish Jewish population (no surprise there) that it was the Dutch Jews that had the highest percentage of their population murdered by the Nazis during the holocaust. I would have never, ever guessed this to be true.
Page 31 had me going to the web to look at the few seconds of the only known video footage of Anne Frank. Several times. I’d never known this video existed.
There are some discrepancies in the information I’ve read in other books and this one, but they’re not of things that are of incredible importance. This author obviously did a lot of research for this book and it really shows.
I really appreciated that Francine Prose shows tremendous respect for Anne Frank, for her as a bright and thoughtful and complicated person, and for her as an exceptional writer. I’m really glad that this book was written and published, and it’s made me want to go back and read the more definitive edition of Anne Frank’s diary.
I also want to add that one of this book's accomplishments is that reading it has given me an even better understanding of Anne Frank than I'd already had....more
This book really tickled my funny bone, and it’s yet another creative picture book; I’ve read so many cle(This is my review number 750 for Goodreads.)
This book really tickled my funny bone, and it’s yet another creative picture book; I’ve read so many clever picture books lately.
In this one, a young girl knows she’s in a book but doesn’t know what the book’s/her story is. She goes searching for her story, through many different genres of children’s (some for adults too) books, and the end result is very satisfying.
I loved all the illustrations. Particularly funny (and accurate) were the pictures with the family at the dining table with the cat and dog bowls both full and ignored, while the dog’s & cat’s attention was solely on the food for the humans. The way the illustrations are done, it does seem as though the characters are looking up at the reader from their book, which is an interesting perspective.
This book will be of interest to aspiring writers, and might be encouraging to reluctant readers and writers.
The concept is an excellent idea and it was done very well. It’s a lot of fun and will appeal to kids ages 4 or 5 all the way to 11, a wide range, and to this adult too. ...more
I’d wanted to read this book since it was first published (I first learned of it, and Gilkey, from one of my local independent bookstores), and so I wI’d wanted to read this book since it was first published (I first learned of it, and Gilkey, from one of my local independent bookstores), and so I was grateful when my real world book club decided to read it.
It was not exactly what I’d expected, a book about a man who loves books, and happens to steal them. The man in question is less a book lover and more a narcissist, sociopath and thief, primarily but not exclusively stealing books.
I was not as enthralled as I’d expected to be. I was appalled and I did remain interested, but not quite as fascinated as I’d expected to be, given how much I like books and given how owning/losing books has been such an important influence in my life, and given that this is a true story with a focus on San Francisco. I tend to be especially interested in San Francisco themed books. I did find this man’s family history very intriguing. I also enjoyed the information about rare book collectors and dealers, and some of the history about books in various cultures.
I know this is irrational but at times as I read I felt like a guilty witness.
I was particularly infuriated about the stealing from libraries, including my (SFPL) public library. I do often see the only copy/all the copies listed as “missing” in the online catalog. I’d known some of those books might have been stolen but always assumed they were more likely to have been lost.
I wish the footnotes that contain additional stories and text had been incorporated into the book proper because they were distracting as footnotes and the ones with extra stories could just have easily been included in the main part of the book.
What I enjoyed most was recognizing so many of the San Francisco settings.
One thing I learned is that, despite owning so many books, I am not a book collector, as the term is used here. I don’t aim to acquire valuable or rare books, not even signed first editions. And I have to say I’m grateful I’m a heavy duty user of the library. I don’t want people like Gilkey coming into my place to steal anything.
I’d recommend this book less for bibliophiles and more for readers interested in psychopathology.
3 to 3 ½ stars, which means it was a bit of a disappointment, but I still liked it....more