Janet Kincaid's Reviews > No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War

No Pretty Pictures by Anita Lobel
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Dec 15, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: decent-read
Read in December, 2007

If Anne Frank had lived, this might have been the book she would have written. However, where No Pretty Pictures differs is that it is written from adult memory and not immediately as events were happening. This isn't to say this book lacks value. On the contrary, it continues to shed light on the experiences of children in the Holocaust. The most stunning moment in the book occurs at the very end when you find out the consequences of a 10-year old's decision not to attempt an escape and the results that has for her caretakers. Anne Frank's writing is monumental and tragic; Anita Lobel's account is foundational and expedient.

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