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.
“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.” —The Wall Street Journal
“In the handling that Folman and Polonsky give it, what happens is nothing short of a revelation . . . nothing has ever quite captured the strange, stubborn delicacy, the forlorn wistfulness, of the diary like this before . . . a genuine work of art.” —Christian Science Monitor
“Folman and Polonsky have reclaimed Anne Frank in all of her humanity, and they allow us to witness for ourselves her beauty, courage, vision and imagination, all of the qualities that make her life and early death so heartbreaking. And, in doing so, they have elevated the tools of the comic book to create an astonishing work of art.” —Jewish Journal
“[W]itty, ironic, even snarky—Anne’s writing has an acerbic sense of humor. This adaptation is first and foremost a remembrance of that Anne, who, despite living a life marred by tragedy, tried by indignities, always held true to herself. Light touches of historical context, woven in through diary entries, provide necessary background without coming across as overly didactic. The whimsical nature of Polonsky’s illustrations . . . are unexpectedly moving: though we never lose sight of the gravitas of Anne’s story, these forays into fantasy, which show Anne escaping from the harsh present into a future that will never come, serve to remind us of the truly human face of genocide. This is an exceptionally graceful homage to a story that deserves to be told for years to come.” —Booklist, (starred review)
“Folman and Polonsky . . . focus on illuminating its humor, insight, and supporting cast in this spirited graphic adaption. . . . 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. . . . 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.” —Publishers Weekly, (starred review)
“Evocatively crafted, this comic brings Frank’s world to life for all ages but takes care to respect and prioritize the primacy of her story in her own words.” —Library Journal
“A superb offering to read alongside the original, this adaptation lets its narrator's voice soar.” —School Library Journal
“‘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. A different format distills and renews Frank's achievement.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Emphasizes the visual nature of Frank’s text. . . . Bring[s] renewed vigor. . . . Powerful . . . points us to the very gap, between what we, her readers, can imagine for her of her missed future, and what she would never have the opportunity to live through.” —Women’s Review of Books
“The wide range of Folman and Polonsky’s graphic ideas is mesmerizing. . . . Most strikingly of all, Polonsky takes the abundance of metaphors in the diary text literally and creates unforgettable panels that establish an expressive dimension and enable us to see the quality of Anne Frank’s writing in a fresh light.” —Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany)
“A masterpiece.” —Il Mattino (Italy)
“The illustrations display a serene, impressive objectivity, and when Folman and Polonsky give rein to their imaginations to provide a pictorial dimension for Anne’s feelings, they do so in an admirably skillful and charming manner . . . unfailingly striking an admirable balance that is poignant at every turn. The result is a remarkable reading and visual experience.” —Frankfurter Neue Presse (Germany)