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The Wall by Peter Sís
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Jul 28, 08

bookshelves: graphics-n-comics

I love Peter Sis's busy little illustrations, and always have. This was an interesting look at growing up in Prague under Communism, told mostly with Sis's art and few words. I had no idea how many times the government essentially vacillated on how strict to be. There were times when you could get a travel pass to the west, listen to rock music, and express yourself rreely. Then someone new would come to office, or the people in charge would simply change their minds, and you'd be locked away for those same things. This is an amazing little book. I believe that it's normally shelved in "picture books" (that's where I found it at my library), but it's really more of a graphic novel, and will go right over the heads of small children. Although it would be a good way to introduce a child to the concept of Communism, or the history of 20th century eastern Europe.
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