Nearly seven decades after her death, Anne Frank continues to teach the world about the ways of humanity. Ironically, in the midst of having every basic human dignity slowly stripped away, Frank shone a light on the small things that define a young life: becoming a woman, fighting with her mother, getting her first kiss, and dreaming of what her future would hold. She dreamed of a life as writer. Sadly, she would die before ever reaching womanhood. But her legacy would last permanently.
Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, the masterful team behind the graphic adaptation of The 9/11 Report and Vlad the Impaler, have now crafted Anne Frank, a remarkably thorough and tender biography written in conjunction with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. This is not an adaptation of Frank’s famous diary; instead, it’s her life story told through diligent research and incorporating quotes from the diary. We get a full description of Frank’s background, beginning with a family tree of both her parents and continuing on over the years as the winds of war begin to sweep through Europe.
Anne Frank is a wonderful history book perfect for all ages. It would be a great accompaniment to a reading of Frank’s diary, or it stands on its own and tells the complete story of Frank’s life.
Reviewed by John Hogan on July 3, 2012
Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography