Anne Frank’s Diary is the only graphic novelization of Anne Frank’s diary that I’m aware of. The breathtaking, expressive artwork in this adaptation by David Polonsky as well as actual excerpts from her diary really brings this literary classic to life, while maintaining its original integrity.
There are so much humor and emotion in these illustrations, and they make Anne feel like a real person, someone we can relate to. We get a true sense of Anne as a frighted, confused and somewhat saucy teenaged girl.
It was such a treat to journey along with this visual guide to the historical events in Anne’s diary, and I felt that the images and text captured Anne Franks diary beautifully and emotionally. This was an exciting new perspective to an old classic that really resonated with me, especially the ingenious manner in which the artist rendered Anne’s emotions, thoughts and observations through the vivid illustrations.
From the drawings and text snippets, it’s easy to see Anne’s hope, despair, passion, vulnerability, introspection, courage, humor, and sarcasm, all of which render her all the more lifelike.
All in all, a beautifully moving adaptation with stunning illustrations that, while keeping to the… spirit, I guess… of the original material, helps us to see this young girl in a different light I loved how the illustrator expertly brought her thoughts and feeling into relatable art. The editor and arctic took Anne Franks diary and transformed it into a delicately told story, with stunning pictures and heartfelt scenes.
I can’t begin to imagine what a daunting project this must have turned out to be. But in my opinion, it was a successful one, exquisitely rendered in pen and ink and I’m so glad that I came across it.