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Art Spiegelman.  Maus: A Survivorís Tale: My Father Bleeds History
Pantheon Books  $21.00  ISBN 0-394-74723-2  159 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 13

Most they took were kids - some only 2 or 3 years. Some kids were screaming and screaming. They couldnít stop. So the Germans swinged them by the legs against a wall Ö And they never anymore screamed.

The Holocaust is once more put on a stage with the curtains thrown wide open to awaiting eyes, and the heartfelt tragedy is brought to me.

I opened this book thinking that mice and cats canít possibly represent the pain man went through as a practiced Jewish person in 1949. I couldnít have been more wrong.

Artie, a young mouse with a wife, is a comic strip artist. He begins visiting his father regularly. The story of his dadís history unfolds at each visit, and a great, terrifying tale comes to life as Artie records it. Never did he expect such pain was endured. The loss of family members, the ache in heart and stomach and the over whelming injustice, were main characteristics in this graphic novel. Itís amazing his dad was still alive to tell the story.

When cats take on roles as Germans and mice play the part of Jewish citizens, you start to think of a childís bedtime story. The novel is far from and cannot be expressed in a way any better than in comic format. It exceeds all expectations with its simple sketches and complicated text. The story was descriptive and the characters were imaginative. I also loved the accent of Artieís father. The sort of accent people took up down by Germany. It reminded me of my family quite a bit actually. You would be amazed at what the author is capable of in black and white.

I would recommend this book for maybe twelve years and up. The mature content of this book is not to be trifled with!

I will give the book four glorious stars! The only pet peeve I have for this novel is that the type of writing used looked rather sloppy in my eyes. Otherwise, a wonderful addition to the Holocaust collections.

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