Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review - Wartime Ghetto (DNF)

Wartime Ghetto (Irena #1)
by Jean-David Morvan & Séverine Tréfouël
illustrated by David Evrard
Date: 2019
Publisher: Lion Forge
Reading level: YA
Book type: graphic novel
Pages: 133
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

The true tale of Irena Sendlerowa, a social worker in the Warsaw ghetto in the early 1940s, during the early days of German occupation. She is credited for saving the lives of 2500 Jewish children by gradually and quietly smuggling them to safety in small groups. While she is eventually arrested by Gestapo, imprisoned, and tortured for her actions, she refuses to reveal her network and is condemned to death. She is ultimately saved from death by other members of her organization. After the war, she retrieved the names of all children she saved (kept in a glass jar buried under a tree behind her house) and attempted to locate each of their parents for reunion. And while most of the parents had been gassed in the Holocaust, she made it her mission to help those orphans find new homes.

Another true SCHINDLER'S LIST scenario, illustrated for a younger audience, but equally moving for adults.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

DNF @ 27%

I tried, but I just can't get into this one. The style of illustration is so incongruous with the subject matter that it's a distraction. The cutesy, cartoon-like characters have no place in a story about genocide. In once instance where a character is supposed to look desperate, she looks comical.

This just doesn't work, and since I can't force myself to keep reading, I'm just going to stop.

Thank you to NetGalley and Lion Forge for providing a digital ARC.

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