The wall : growing up behind the Iron Curtain (#27781VX)

by Sis, Peter

14 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

FollettBound Glued Frances Foster Books, 2007
Price: USD 22.46
Description: 50 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 32 cm
Dewey: 943.7; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 5.2
AR 5.2 MG 1 117633EN; RC 4.5 3; LEX AD760L; F&P Y


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Maps on endpapers. Artist Sis Peter describes what it was like growing up in a Communist country and discusses how Western culture influenced his life.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Frances Foster Books
  • Publication Date: August 21, 2007
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Dewey: 943.7
  • Classifications: Autobiography, Nonfiction
  • Description: 50 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 32 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-329-64328-2 (originally 0-374-34701-8)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-329-64328-7 (originally 978-0-374-34701-7)
  • LCCN: 2006-049149
  • Follett Number: 27781VX
  • Catalog Number: 0374347018
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 5.2
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.2
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 1
  • AR Quiz: 117633EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.5
  • Reading Counts Points: 3
  • Lexile: AD760L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: Y

Reviews & Awards
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2008
  • Book Links starred, 01/01/08
  • Booklist starred, 09/01/07
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books starred, 10/01/07
  • Caldecott Honor, 2008
  • Horn Book Magazine starred, 04/01/08
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 07/15/07
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 07/09/07
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, 2008
  • School Library Journal starred, 08/01/07
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10
  • Wilson's Junior High School, 01/09/10
  • Wilson's Senior High School, 10/01/11
  • Wilson's Senior High School, 01/01/09

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (September 1, 2007 (Vol. 104, No. 1))
Grades 7-10. In an autobiographical picture book that will remind many readers of Marjane Satrapi’s memoir Persepolis (2003), Sís’ latest, a powerful combination of graphic novel and picture book, is an account of his growing up in Czechoslovakia under Soviet rule. Written in several stands, the somewhat fragmented narrative never dilutes the impact of the boldly composed panels depicting scenes from Sís’ infancy through young adulthood. Throughout, terrific design dramatizes the conflict between conformity and creative freedom, often through sparing use of color; in many cases, the dominant palette of black, white, and Communist red threatens to swallow up young Peter’s freely doodled, riotously colored artwork. The panels heighten the emotional impact, as when Sís fleeing the secret police, emerges from one spread’s claustrophobic, gridlike sequence into a borderless, double-page escape fantasy. Even as they side with Peter against fearsome forces beyond his control, younger readers may lose interest as the story moves past his childhood, and most will lack crucial historical context. But this will certainly grab teens—who will grasp both the history and the passionate, youthful rebellions against authority—as well as adults, many of whom will respond to the Cold War setting. Though the term picture book for older readers has been bandied about quite a bit, this memorable title is a true example.

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