Parents' Guide to

The Complete Maus

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Unforgettable graphic memoir of the Holocaust.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

A important story

The story follows Comic artist Art Spiegelman as he interviews his father about WWII. They tell a before, during, and after so that you can truly understand what life was like normally before and how it could never be that again after. This non-fiction piece is brilliantly put together. I don't think there can be "Too much" of things in a true story but I marked Violence because its detailed in the gruesome murders (as well as suicide being a common subject) and I marked Sex as they hint to some happenings and there is one panel with breast. All this said I only read PT 1 so I can't speak to the rating of content for PT 2 yet
age 12+

An important read for understanding the truth about the Holocaust

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THIS BOOK IS AIMED AT CHILDREN STARTING IN 5TH GRADE OR OLDER. THERE IS MENTION OF SEX AND SUICIDE IN THE BOOK AND SOME IMAGERY THOUGH GRAPHIC IS IMPORTANT AND IMPERATIVE TO THE STORY. PLEASE APPROVE OF ALL CONTENT YOURSELF BEFORE DECIDING IF ITS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR CHILD/STUDENT. This book is fantastic. It’s a view of the Holocaust from the son of a survivor who retells his father’s tale dealing with the fallouts of WWII. Though at times graphic, it perfectly paints the troubles and pains that came with the Nazi invasion for the Jewish people. The Nazis in this book are portrayed as Cats, and the people of Jewish faith as Mice (hence the German word for it, ‘Maus’), which adds to the narrative of the hatred and predatory actions of the Nazis. It is an excellent tale for older children, teens and adults. If you’re a history buff, I REALLY recommend it. I myself read this novel in 6th grade and gained a new sentiment and understanding of the harrowing journey the Jewish people had to endure. Content warning: Minor adult language, smoking and drinking, mentions of sex and suicide

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Kids say (11 ):

Some works of art change their medium forever, and this graphic memoir is a sterling example of a book that upended all expectations about what comics could accomplish. With a sharp eye and skillful hands, Art Spiegelman tells the story of his father in two time periods, each rendered with powerful emotion. Even though they wear the heads of mice, cats, dogs, and pigs, the characters are all recognizably human in their struggles to survive in the midst of war and terror. Mature readers can learn much about how the Holocaust affected three generations of Europeans.

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