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The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

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By (author) Peter Sis

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  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 56 pages
  • Dimensions: 239mm x 311mm x 11mm | 576g
  • Publication date: 4 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0374347018
  • ISBN 13: 9780374347017
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Sales rank: 94,597

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A "NEW YORK TIMES" BEST SELLER "I was born at the beginning of it all, on the Red side--the Communist side--of the Iron Curtain." Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sis shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe. But adolescence brought questions. Cracks began to appear in the Iron Curtain, and news from the West slowly filtered into the country. Sis learned about beat poetry, rock 'n' roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola. He let his hair grow long, secretly read banned books, and joined a rock band. Then came the Prague Spring of 1968, and for a teenager who wanted to see the world and meet the Beatles, this was a magical time. It was short-lived, however, brought to a sudden and brutal end by the Soviet-led invasion. But this brief flowering had provided a glimpse of new possibilities--creativity could be discouraged but not easily killed. By joining memory and history, Sis takes us on his extraordinary journey: from infant with paintbrush in hand to young man borne aloft by the wings of his art. "The Wall" is a 2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, a 2008 Caldecott Honor Book, a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year, the winner of the 2008 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, and a nominee for the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids.

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PETER SIS, a MacArthur Fellow and internationally renowned artist, received Caldecott Honors for" Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei" and "Tibet Through the Red Box." He has lived in and around New York City since 1984."

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"The ecstatic energy and big-spirited inventiveness of the artist's drawings make the once all but unimaginable realization of that dream visible for all to see." "--The New York Times Book Review""Sis' most ambitious and personal book." "--"USA TODAY "A sophisticated and sobering picture book expose."--"The San Francisco Chronicle ""The Wall makes for irresistible reading."--"Washington Post Book World""Mr. Sis's account belongs as much in the living room as it does in the nursery."--"The Wall Street Journal""Peter Sis [is a] master of the not-necessarily-for-children picture book." --"The Los Angeles Times Book Review" "Peter Sis's "The Wall..."may be his finest book to date - no small feat. "--"The Boston Globe""" "Glorious artwork." "--Elle" "Will both engross and haunt his audience." --Starred, "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" "Complex, multifaceted, rich in detail . . . [Sis's] concluding visions of freedom are both poignant and exhilarating."--Starred, "School Library Journal""" "A masterpiece for readers young and old."--Starred, "Kirkus Reviews" "Younger readers have not yet had a graphic memoir with the power of "Maus" or "Persepolis" to call their own, but they do now."--Starred, "Publishers Weekly""" "The deployment of media choices and color throughout the book is both expert and telling: bold, stark black marker for an invading Soviet tank, dreamy blue crayon for the night the Beach Boys played Prague . . . a comprehensive portrait of an era, an artist, and the persistence of the latter in the face of the former." "--Starred, The Horn Book""" "" "A powerful combination of graphic novel and picture book . . . Terrific design dramatizes the conflict between conformity and creative freedom." --Starred, "Booklist""" "Simply and effectively illustrates the history of Czechoslovakia's struggle with totalitarianism and evokes the dreams of his repressed people."--"VOYA""" "This stunning book is a MUST for anybody who is curious to le