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Anne Frank's Diary
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Anne Frank's Diary
The Graphic Adaptation
A timeless story rediscovered by each new generation, The Diary of a Young Girl stands without peer. For both young readers and adults it continues to capture the remarkable spirit of Anne Frank, who for a time survived the worst horror the modern world has seen—and who remained triumphantly and heartbreakingly human throughout her ordeal.

Adapted by Ari Folman, illustrated by David Polonsky, and authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, this is the first graphic edition of The Diary and includes extensive quotation directly from the definitive edition. It remains faithful to the original, while the stunning illustrations interpret and add layers of visual meaning and immediacy to this classic work of Holocaust literature.
A timeless story rediscovered by each new generation, The Diary of a Young Girl stands without peer. For both young readers and adults it continues to capture the remarkable spirit of Anne Frank, who for a time survived the worst horror the modern world has seen—and who remained triumphantly and heartbreakingly human throughout her ordeal.

Adapted by Ari Folman, illustrated by David Polonsky, and authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, this is the first graphic edition of The Diary and includes extensive quotation directly from the definitive edition. It remains faithful to the original, while the stunning illustrations interpret and add layers of visual meaning and immediacy to this classic work of Holocaust literature.
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  • Library Journal

    October 15, 2017

    The only graphic novelization of Frank's diary authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation, with art by award-winning Israeli children's book illustrator Polonsky, this work is billed as a way to introduce a new generation of young readers to this iconic story but will likely appeal to readers of all ages. Oscar-nominated Israeli director Folman is working on an animated Anne Frank feature to be released in 2019.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from June 25, 2018
    The classic, original text of Frank’s diary is, as Folman writes in his adapter’s note, impossible to improve upon; instead, he and Polonsky (cocreators of the film Waltz with Bashir) focus on illuminating its humor, insight, and supporting cast in this spirited graphic adaptation, authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation. German Jews living in Holland, Anne and her family go into hiding in the “Secret Annex” behind her father’s business in 1942. The sequential art allows readers to get a visual diagram of the apartment shared by Anne and seven other residents. Outside, every allied victory ironically makes the Franks’ lives harder, as Nazi occupiers clamp down on dissidents. Inside, Anne, drawn with large dark eyes, blooms like the hardiest, loveliest weed—a moody teenager whose wit, self-awareness, and rich fantasy life take center stage. In one dinner scene, Polonsky draws Anne’s mother as a sheep keening for “those poor people starving in the Eastern camps,” while her angelic, bespectacled sister, Margot, is an owl who insists, “I feel full just by looking at others.” The narrative devotes ample time to Anne’s romantic feelings and sexual questions. The adaptors of her story take her seriously, but not more seriously than she took herself. The beauty of Anne’s life and the untarnished power of her legacy—here further elevated by Folman and Polonsky—are heartening reminders of the horror of her fate.

  • Kirkus

    July 15, 2018
    An illustrated abridgement of the Nazi-era classic.Anne Frank (1929-1945) as graphic-history heroine? Adapter and composer Folman and illustrator Polonsky (Animation and Illustration/Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design) worked together on the Oscar-nominated, animated documentary Waltz with Bashir. According to Folman, they were approached by the Anne Frank Foundation about adapting the diary into both "an animated film for children" and a graphic novel that would introduce it to a new generation of readers. He then faced a "significant challenge"--to render the whole diary in graphic form might take a decade to complete and some 3,500 pages, while a more manageable "edit" could feature only 5 percent of the original text. Though he opted for the latter course, the abridgment retains the spirit of the whole as the perceptive and increasingly self-aware teenager navigates the usual tensions of adolescence--puberty, romance, family issues--within a nightmarish retreat from the Nazi atrocities intensifying outside their secret hideout. She feels guilty about any everyday cheerfulness she experiences in the face of so much death and destruction, and she succumbs to bouts of depression despite her typical resilience. "Even deep sleep brings no redemption," she writes. "The dreams still creep in." Those dreams bring out the best of the illustrations amid the depictions of the everyday confinement in which Anne, her family, and others are hiding. They were captured toward the end of the war, after the end of the diary, when the gas chambers were on the eve of being dismantled. Though she wasn't aware of her fate, Anne writes with much awareness of not only herself, but a potential readership, with the literary aspirations of someone who feels she has "one outstanding character trait...a great deal of self-knowledge. In everything I do, I can watch myself as if I were a stranger."A different format distills and renews Frank's achievement.

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2018

    Gr 8 Up-Authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation, this volume beautifully brings to life the inhabitants of the Secret Annex. Although this account has not been adapted verbatim, owing to length, Folman and Polonsky effectively convey the material, and the visuals capture the heartbreak of families in prolonged hiding. Many illustrations are fanciful, evocative of Anne's intense daydreaming. At the heart of her diary is Anne herself: self-aware, gutsy, and unpretentious. Readers see her mature over the years. A particularly arresting passage portrays her internal struggle in the form of "two Annes": the everyday girl and the serene paragon she strives to be-a compelling theme that emerges throughout the work. Frank's diary has long been an important work for children and adults alike; this graphic adaptation adds even more meaning for newer generations' introduction to Holocaust literature. VERDICT A necessary addition for graphic novel collections.-Michael Marie Jacobs, Darlington School, GA

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • The New York Times Book Review "[A] stunning, haunting work of art. . . . The comedy of the Diary--one of the book's most charming and often overlooked aspects--shines in this form. . . . There are so many wonderful juxtapositions of text and imagery that it feels cruel to focus on only a few, but another consistent standout is the way the graphic novel conveys Anne's fantasies and emotions--so crucial to the Diary. . . . This graphic adaptation is so engaging and effective that it's easy to imagine it replacing the Diary in classrooms and among younger readers."
  • The Wall Street Journal "Mr. Folman's has succeeded in capturing the humor and vitality of the diaries--the hilarious sarcasm, the passionate declarations, the contemplative self-reproach--without a trace of retrofitted sentimentality. He owes much to David Polonsky's sublime illustrations. Every one of Anne's flights of fancy finds a thrilling and ingenious visual representation. . . . A wonderful, full-page composite image of Anne in her many moods--dreamy, snarky, silly, pensive, outraged or lovesick--is a reminder that the diaries are less about a life's senseless destruction than about a brilliant young woman eternally coming into being."
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