As a reader, I wasn't as happy with this story as I thought I would be. Everyone kept telling me it was going to be so good. I think part of the problem may have been the fact that I expected it to be more like Maus. I didn't like the the way that the story was set up in episodes instead of using the typical plot line. I wanted more of Marjane's daily life, more about her life in Iran than just straight politics. I know that the politics are important and I should be interested, but the book seemed to have so much of an agenda that I was not allowed to make my own decisions. I did like the last page of the novel. That page left me wanting to read the sequel even though I didn't like most of the first book. So I think ultimately it is fair to say that there were moments that I liked the characters, but those moments were the ones when politics finally moved to the back burner and family and growing up came into play.
I cannot see myself teaching this books because of the language and some of the issues that were raised. I think that the genre would work well in the classroom because it helps students to learn to make inferences by giving them the text and the images. I can see some of the value in teaching a book like this because it shows a lot of the issues that arise with a corrupt government and the implications it can have on the society. I think one of the reasons I was not interested is because I didn't know much about the society before or after the take over. If I had known more about the issues, I may have liked the history a little more. Any teacher hoping to present this text at a high school level would have to give a great deal of background knowledge to facilitate understanding.