The Complete Maus

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Unforgettable graphic memoir of the Holocaust.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 18+

It's a very dark, violent, and emotional true story, in graphic novel form for adults

This is a graphic novel for an adult reader in my opinion. I would not recommend it for a child to read. I would rather have my child read Anne Frank to get a idea of what it was like during WWII for the Jews, without having to learn about the horrors in detail. You definitely risk your child being traumatized, and get nightmares, by the book. As you would expect from an adult in depth description of the horrific atrocities, and genocide, committed against the Jews during the World War II it is a very dark and emotionally draining story. You will follow the story of the authors father's experience, and survival, during the WWII years. There will be in depth descriptions of the violence and torture, and since it is a graphic novel also pictures of the same. The metaphor of mice and cats does not make the subject matter any lighter. The author's mother's suicide and his own depression is also hard to read about. I would steer my kid away from this dark/extremely violent and real graphic story and just tell them to read it as an adult when I think everyone should read it.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 10+

Art appreciation through the value of historical significance

I agree all children should read this book. Read this book to themselves and with a family member. Talk about the events taking place. The meaning of the art, how each animal is a representation of symbolic cultural demeaning that is placed upon ethnicity. Speak about the truth of the Holocaust. What it did to families, to those individuals, and why the Nazi's did what they did.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

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