Yes, Maus won the Pulizter Prize. Yes, it’s been translated into countless languages and is hailed by critics and readers alike as the graphic novel. These are all well-deserved recognitions of a monumental work — but the real reason you should read Maus is the simple, unforgettable punch of one survivor’s story. Art Spiegelman captures in spare black and white his father’s story of surviving the Holocaust in Poland, as well as his own strained relationship with his parents and the weight of history. You may think you’ve heard it all before — the smoke stacks, the tattooed numbers, the ghettos. Think again — Spiegelman manages to take all the grim humor and the horror and make it fresh — a kick we all need every once in a while to appreciate both the strength and evil present in humanity.

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, vol. 1: My Father Bleeds History
ISBN: 9780394747231
By Art Spiegelman
Pantheon, 1986

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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