The Book Thief

Book review by Davis Cook, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Powerful, moving tale of book-loving girl in Nazi Germany.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 33 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 237 reviews

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age 12+

Great book, A few draw backs

I thought that this book was great. I read it and my kids read it. The only thing that bothers me is the swearing and romance. There is a whole chapter called, “The thought of Rudy naked” let’s just say that chapter is a little inappropriate. There is also frequent cussing so if your kid haven't been exposed to that, i wouldn’t recommend this book. Overall, this is one of my favorite books and i definitely recommend it.
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age 2+

Will I read it again to see if my first impression was wrong? Probably. Did I like it? Ummm, not really….

First off: I am very hard on books. Second off: I had heard some very good reviews from my friends about this book, and was expecting a well told story that had a brilliant plot line and lovable characters. :) *coughs* yeeeeeeaaaah, well, cut to the mother who slaps Liesel around ALL THE TIME, the dad who smokes and slaps his daughter, the kid next door who won’t stop hassling Liesel about kissing him, the weird mayor’s wife, and the constant, CONSTANT use of curse words, and I found myself utterly, bitterly, disappointedly disliking the book. Also: Where was the plot? Oh yeah, that’s right, buried deep, deep, DEEP underneath all of the weird trying-too-hard-to-sound-good metaphors and weird experiences, cursing, and depressing ending. I tried so so hard to like this book. I really did. But… after the the 11th (12th?) time of reading the Lord’s name paired with d**n, I found myself feeling icky. Now, this is coming from someone who can still like something even if that movie/book/person uses curse words. But it has to be worth it to read about all of those curse words, and still say, “wow, that was awesome!” The Book Thief was sadly not that, and while I will probably still reread the book to see if my first impression was off, I can heartily say that it’s not on my favorites shelf. Not at all. Also, it was supposed to be about the holocaust, and I was expecting a deep, emotional relationship between Max and Liesel to develop. Like all of the other parts of this disappointing book, nope! However, I did find the fact that it was narrated by Death to be unique and intriguing. That was all that I liked about this book, however. Also: Why did the author feel the need to foreshadow everything? I knew what was going to happen 200 pages before it did!

This title has:

Too much swearing

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Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love history and World War II stories

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