“Wonderful book on the horrors of the Holocaust and the desperate ways people acted in order to endure the terrible events that happened. ”Kristen Finnegan wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Appropriate for ages 12 and up”Danville Library wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am currently on page 85
I have just finish the first part of the book when Liesel steals her first book. So far I have really enjoyed the book. My favourite character so far is Rudy because he has such a wild imagination, for example when he put coal all over himself and acted like his was Jesse Owens. I especially like Hans because he treats Liesel like she's his child because even though he is not a strong reader he still tried to teach her how to read. I think that Liesel and the other kids are living in their own reality, because the kids don't know about the problems that are happening in the outside world. When Rudy was dressing up as Jesse Owens his dad then told him to be happy is was white, blonde, and has blue eyes, Rudy's responds was a confused face. I think that is going to foreshadow a tragic event relating to Hitler. ”
“Wow, truely amazing story. Everyone should read this book. ”Ted Alling wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a test book for the group shelf”Clare wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wonderful. I doubt the movie can do it justice.”KMA wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A truly unique book. For one thing, the narrator is Death, and even though we are talking Germany in the 1940s, he is a sympathetic character. He collects the souls of all those people who are thus out of the war and horror.
But the book thief does not get off so easily. Liesel Meminger is a ten-year-old German girl, her mother is taking her and her little brother on a train somewhere, and her brother coughs and dies. For reasons that are artfully told, the first book she steals is "The Grave Digger's Handbook," even though she can't read.
The whole story is artfully told, with no spoiler alerts needed: our narrator tells spoilers all along the way, but it doesn't spoil a thing. We know early on that Liesel will live to be an old lady, but we don't know how or why those around her will die. Each one gets his or her own very special appointment with the narrator.
One of the unusual things about the book is the use of typographical interruptions which look almost like section headings, but are not. They are the narrator's interruptions of his own narrative and the narrative of Liesel's book, which is named "The Book Thief." So OK, this is Liesel's book but it is Death's book, too.
And it is Max's book. Max Vandenburg is the Jew who comes to hide in the basement of the Hubermanns' basement. Hans and Rosa Hubermann are Liesel's foster-parents. That's where Liesel's mother was taking her and her little brother that day, because her mama could not take care of her any longer. We don't find out why for quite a few chapters.
Then there's Rudy, the boy next door. The Steiners have a great many children, but Rudy's the only one we really get to know. He's strong and fast and smart and kind and becomes Liesel's best friend. He's also a bit strange, like when he painted himself black and ran around the racetrack pretending he was Jesse Owens. That turned out to have some far-reaching consequences.
Consequences of the character's actions are much of what the story is about, and especially consequences of kindness in the world of Nazi Germany. Of course there are horrors, but they are not the focus. The focus is love and courage and all sorts of good character traits people don't even know they have until they need them.
I'd recommend this book to anyone, young or old.”
“Amazing. One of the most beautifully crafted books I have read-- especially as far as WWII stories go. The narrator helps put appropriate distance between the reader and the horrors of Nazi Germany while still maintaining the integrity of the art within the story and characters. Beautiful.”Emily Nelson wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent!”Katie B wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think because I had just read so much textbook history, the fantastical approach to the holocaust seemed almost to cheapen the whole thing. Likely, this is a great way to communicate to children the awfulness of WWII, but at least from my adult perspective, the personification of death felt like a gimmick where no gimmick was needed. The reality of it was horrifying enough. This, plus Zusak's flamboyant writing style, detracted from what was an interesting tale.”Wm t. Skillets wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No