"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""" "This stunning book is a MUST for anybody who is curious to learn about the world we live in!" --Milos Forman, Oscar winning-director of "Amadeus", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
"Peter Sis's book is most of all about the will to live one's life in freedom and should be required reading for all those who take their freedom for granted." --Vaclav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic
"Peter Sis, who has entranced children and adults with his magical stories and drawings, has taken his talent to a new level. Peter, born to dream and draw, is now also teaching the tragic history of his native Czechoslovakia under communism in this beautiful, poignant, and important work for those of all ages." --Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State
"This extraordinary achievement is a powerful reminder of the hard-won freedoms that drew so many to this country's shores." --"Shelf Awareness"show more