The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Author:John Boyne Berlin 1942 — When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see a... more »nd cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.« less
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I thought that it was an excellent book. Though it was a little slow in the beginning it caught my attention and was impossible to put down until I finished reading it. I loved the way the point of veiw was a nine year old boy. The innocense really made the story touching and sad. Its not a book to be easily forgotten.
I read this book with my 11-year-old son. Reading is not his favorite subject but this book held his interest from beginning to end. I would NOT classify it as a children's book and would recommend that if your child does read it, you read it 1st because they will have questions. Once we got to the end, he took it from me and read all the author's notes, interviews, etc. Its a good book but its not a book that you want to read if you are looking for something light and/or entertaining. Its a great book to open a dicussion with older children about the Holocaust. Hope this review helps!
I need to start with a few quotes: "Powerful and unsettling...As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank." -- USA Today. "Deeply affecting...Beautiful and sparely written." -- The Wall Street Journal. "Sure to take readers' breath away." -- Publishers Weekly. I couldn't put it down. Bruno will win your heart with his 9-year-old innocence during a time of upheaval in Nazi Germany. "Soon to be a Major Motion Picture" - I wanted to read the book first. Quick read, but the author captured the day in a most effective way: life outside and inside a concentration camp seen through the eyes of a child. It's a must read before the movie comes out in the Fall of 2008.
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Helpful Score: 3
This was a sweet, sad story about a German boy growing up next door to a concentration camp during WWII. It's told from the boy's point of view and the ending, although somewhat predictable, was heartbreaking. Quick read, but by no means light.
A beautifully written, poignant story in its simplicity. I could not put the book down once I started reading. It is a brutal story told without graphic descriptions of the depravity that was occuring, and yet you the reader know as if it were described in horrible detail... One of the best books I have read in a long time.
This book is a bit slow in the beginning, but you will not regret finishing it. The innocence of the main character, Bruno, is powerful and inspiring. Boyne's writing style lets you create your own images of Bruno's life and how he sees it. 3.5/5 stars!