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By Marigny Dupuy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Story will stay with the reader for years to come.

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This is a dazzling collaboration between two stars in their own fields. On one level renowned writer Tony Kushner's lyrical tale is a simple one. The language is alive with imagery and rhythm, and reads aloud beautifully. But there are many layers of significance beyond the surface: The opera Brundibar was composed in the terrible time in Europe just before the start of World War II. It is based on Aristophanes' Lysistrata and is similarly a cry for people to join ranks against an intolerable situation.

Maurice Sendak uses a new combination of media for his signature illustrations: colored pencil, crayon, and brush pen. The pictures are vibrantly colored and filled with additional plot details and text. Expressive and dramatic, they are meant to be pored over. Once appreciated, BRUNDIBAR is a story that will stay with the reader for years to come.

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