Friday, October 28, 2011

Lily Renee, Escape Artist {review}

Title: Lily Renee, Escape Artist
Author: Trina Robbins
Artist: Anne Timmons and mo oh
Publisher: Lerner
Source: Netgalley
Available: 11/01/11

About the Book:
Lily Renee Wilheim is 14 years old when the Nazis march into her beloved country and her life is changed forever. Her family decides that for her own survival, she should leave Austria and travel to England. However, life in England isn't as pleasant as it was made out to be and she finds the need to escape her current conditions into something better, but then even the English seem to think that all refugees are criminals and start to grab them up. She finally finds herself on a boat to America...hoping that this move would be her last.

My take:
Having never really read a graphic novel before, I wasn't sure what to expect. Then when the book started talking about the holocaust and Nazis in comic book form I was kind of flabbergasted. Then I got it. Lily Renee Wilheim probably loves this book. Why? Because she was a very good cartoonist herself during those early years in America. After I had my epiphany, I realized that I really like graphic novels. The book did seem a bit rushed at times though, I would have really liked to see more about her struggles as woman in a male dominated world as well as more about her life in England. The pictures were amazing and seemed to transport me right back to the horrible time of history. If you have a reluctant pre-teen reader, set them up with this book. It may just interest them in reading and history. It was a different take on a time of our history that some people are intent on trying to forget. If you are a graphic novel reader...I'd have to tell you to give this a look, even if it is a real life story!

From the publishing house....
About the Author
Trina Robbins is the author of numerous nonfiction and fiction books and comics for children and adults, including several histories of women cartoonists. A pioneer in comics herself, she took part in the underground comix movement of the 1960s and illustrated the Woman Woman comic book. Most recently, she authored the Chicagoland Detective Agency graphic novel series. She lives in San Francisco with her partner, comics artist Steve Leialoha.
About the Artists
Anne Timmons was born in Portland, Oregon, and received her BFA from Oregon State University. In addition to her collaboration with Trina Robbins on the Lulu Award-winning GoGirl!, Anne's work includes the Eisner-nominated Dignifying Science, as well as Pigling: A Cinderella Story.
mo oh likes to draw. She also likes to read, bake, eat (mostly eat), make plants grow (mainly for eating), and sit in the sun. She recently graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont with an MFA in cartooning and works occasionally as a sketch/concept artist for a small game company. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

6 thumbs up! it from Netgalley so I didn't pay for it (but I'll probably be getting it for my non reader middle school daughter) but I all I was asked for was a honest review which I gave...all thoughts are mine!

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