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Maus And Persepolis


Maus by Art Spiegleman and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi are both comic books about wars.
They are ultimatly an examination of the lives, sentiments and conditions during times of unrest.
The book and movie of Persepolis tell the story of the revolution in Iran and how one little girls life was changed.


In his own words and typed by his own opposable-thumbed monkey hands- A review of Maus:

Hello, I am monkey number 1.
I am 9 years olds and the first time I read this book I was 8. When I first saw it I though it looked like a weird teen magazine- (p.s. only because I was in the teen section of the library) but I still read it. I knew there was something good about it when I got back home and my dad told me he read it when he was a kid, so I read. I have read it 3 times and now I am writing this review.

The book
Is about a World War II story and the characters are mice, cats, and some pigs. It’s a comic book with black and white illustrations. I think it is based on a real story, because I know these things really did happen. (Actually come to think of it I have a ‘Call Of Duty’ game on my DS that was based on WWII.) Really it’s just an old mouse telling his son a story about his time in WWII.

How I felt about the story
It is a good story if you know about WWII. I don’t think it would make sense if you didn’t study it. It would make a good age group for maybe 7 (if you are a good reader) but I think 8 to adult are best. If you read this book I hope you like it!

*disclaimer* I edited this review but as far as words, thoughts and presentation it was all done by monkey, willingly and not for any school related assignment- He wrote it because he loved his brush with fame and all the comments you left when he wrote a haiku on Grace's blog My Year in Haiku.

32 comments:

Krystal said...

that is an awesome review!! i think reviewers in this age category should be way more esteemed cuz they tell it like it is! no mincing words!

Everton Terrace said...

Fantastic book review! I think books should all be reviewed by their target audience. I like that he wanted to read it because his father had read it, that's nice.

Jude said...

I love this book review! (And you read my mind, I've been thinking of these two books.) I love the inspiration he drew from watching his father read it.

Once saw Art Spiegelman and Marjane Satrapi together, giving a small salon talk. They're both amazing in person & I was totally under their spell in seconds :)

sherri said...

I think you have a budding writer there! That book sounds interesting, I'll bet my monkeys will like it when they are older.

The Zhush said...

Great review! I remember reading Maus many many years ago...
Thinking I may have to "bribe" my own children with fame to get them to do book reports...not a bad idea Lady Ren!

Susan Erickson said...

I remember the haiku!...it was fabulous...as is this review ! He's a wise child, your monkey......

Stacey said...

Awesome book review. This would have made a great piece to use as a "model" for my 5th grade students for a group activity or just to encourage them to read.

Erika said...

What a wonderful review!!! While I haven't read either book I am familiar with how important both those books are and they are on my personal reading list.

And Lady of the Arts, right now you are a personal mom hero to raise monkeys so awesome that they would read and contemplate such literature before the age of 10. Seriously impressed.

racheljsilver said...

This is certainly an impressive book review. Your monkey has a very fluid writing style that allows you to hear his "voice" through his writing. I loved it.

Grace said...

I love that he enjoyed writing the haiku for my blog!!

This book review is wonderful. I wish more kids wrote book reviews. When an adult writes a review of a kids book it doesn't really tell us if a kid would enjoy it.

cool that he wanted to do this on his own too.

Signe said...

What a great review, I'm impressed it's written by a 9 year old!
Didn't read these books myself but I am a bit of a cartoon nerd so maybe I should look them up :)

yoomanchu said...

"But dont take my word for it..." [Da dum dat]

(Its supposed to be a reference to 'Reading Rainbow'-Lavar Burton anyone?)

Awesome job Monkey!

le blÖg d'Ötli said...

We have to read these two books !

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

That is so awesome! Way to get 'em blogging young Ren!

XO
Lenore

Getrealmommy said...

Must have been a while since I have visited. Did you change the header on your site? It looks great. Maybe I am losing it.

Punctuation Mark said...

i have persepolis on my netflix queue and will be up soon... i have lots of persian friends so i'll be wanting to watch it for a while

and flowers pick themselves said...

SO wonderful!

xo Alison

scottyj76 said...

That's great that our children learned his history of WWII from video games and comic books. Really great job though, I loved this book when I was a kid and glad that he did too. Yooman, I'm feelin you on the Lavar reference!

Barbara said...

thanks for the reviews!! i'm really looking forward reading maus!!

Suzanne said...

I'm so impressed. Smart monkey!

Clair said...

Hi Monkey #1-I have just read your review and am so intrigued that I ordered both books at my library. I would also like your opinion about some other books I have come across. It is a series of books about a wimpy kid. I think the first one is titled "The diary of a Wimpy Kid". Have you read any of the series, and if so, what did you think of them?
I would appreciate your opinion because I am considering purchasing the set.
Thank you-Clair

Wild and Precious said...

great review!

i've never read that book but my little brother in law did and liked it a lot too!

Karumen said...

fantastic review! makes me interested in reading this book myself too !

Coté Provence said...

Wow, I am really impressed by your little monkey. Great job!
I read Persepolis and thought it was well done. Haven't read Maus, but after this fantastic review I will read it.

Gabbi said...

One of the best reviews I've read in ages! Completely sweet... and now I have to read them both... ♥

à la Modest said...

I actually saw Persepolis at the bookstore the other day, and I've been curious. Good to know a little about it here! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I am enjoying your content.

Jacqui said...

Well - although J is only 3, i might just have to get that book in case he needs it when he is 8. Thanks a lot #1. x

Bending Birches said...

interesting.....I am always looking for new books to enjoy! thanks!

Run Lori Run said...

Thank for the detailed review- I wasn't sure if my 11 year old would like to read this but now I'll give it a shot. thanks!

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

Aww, Monkey Number 1 is just on a roll! This just makes me smile!
Love the brush with fame mention too :) And I'm so happy to have these reviews/ideas for later, even if its much later!

Gypsea Tree {Steam Spectre} said...

Wonderful review perspective! I saw Persepolis for the first time in a film class and I was moved. I am always amazed at the many art forms autobiographies can take place.

Pet said...

The review is so cute! And the book impresive, a crying piece of art, isn't it?

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