The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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Book - 2006
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Feb 08, 2020

The book was well written and I enjoyed reading it. However, the author wrote the book through A nine-year-olds mind. The sophistication of language was not accurate to his perspective. Otherwise I loved the book. The premise was amazing and it started some good thinking.

Dec 19, 2019

Very Good Book

Nov 20, 2019

An exciting book to read!
I like books that is about world war ll
The movie is the best

Oct 16, 2019

I read this book in one sitting. kids innocence was captured in this book very nicely. i enjoyed the pictures in the novel. only thing missing was writing about little history about what was really going on between Germany and Poland. it would have been helped children to enhance their knowledge of History.
Thank you

Aug 06, 2019

I'm not sure what else to say besides "bad." Boyne has no idea how to write children, and, seeing as this is narrated by a child, it distracts from the premise of his message.

Jun 27, 2019

If you are a stickler for historical accuracy or realistic probabilities, this might not be the book for you. I'm not even sure I would label it as historical fiction. It is more of a tale with a lesson woven delicately through it and I thought the author did an incredible job constructing it. It would make a great read-aloud with a child that was mature enough to understand the Holocaust on some level. It is also quite a polarizing book so I recommend reading it yourself to see where your opinion lands.

Jun 06, 2019

'Another holocaust book,' you would think.
I think not!
This book is not in the usual perspective of the Jews. This book is in the perspective of a German boy, Bruno, who's father is a German soldier.
One day, Bruno finds Maria, the house maid, packing his things. He soon learns that his family is moving to Out-With, which is Bruno and her sister, Gretel's way of saying Auschwitz.
This book is different from other books, the voice is clear and stubborn, like a 9 year-old's. John Boyne did a great job trying to describe Bruno and his family's situation, adding the opposite side's voice, for example, Bruno's grandmother, and adding clues for the characters' description, leaving the reader to infer.
I suggest this book for grade sixes and up book clubs, since it has few mature subjects, for example, the horrifying events of Nazi concentration camps, and it is a good book to connect, infer, and visualize.

Jan 26, 2019

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a children's novel in which Bruno, the 9 year old son of a high ranking Nazi Commandant, must move to Auschwitz when his father is posted there. Bruno does not understand why there is a fence between his new house and the camp; he does not understand who lives in the camp and why they must all wear the same striped pyjamas. One day, Bruno meets Schmuel, a 9 year old boy on the other side of the fence. The two strike up a friendship and meet whenever they can on their respective sides of the fence, to chat. Bruno continues to be ignorant about the conditions on Schmuel's side of the fence. After a year, Bruno's unhappy mother convinces her husband to let her and the children move back to Berlin. Bruno breaks the news of his imminent departure to Schmuel. They make a plan for Schmuel to bring a set of "pyjamas" to their next meeting, so that Bruno can put them on and slip under the fence, to help Schmuel look for Schmuel's missing father, as an adventure to mark their last day together. While Bruno is in the camp with Schmuel, many of the prisoners are rounded up, including Bruno and Schmuel, and are herded into a long, air tight room. Presumably, they are gassed to death. Bruno and Schmuel hold hands in the gas chamber, to the last. Bruno's father figures out what happened and becomes a broken man. When the Nazis are defeated, he goes willingly as a POW.
The story is shocking in its ending, all the more so because of the innocence of Bruno as he narrates his experience. The author does not pretty up the story, despite the fact that this is a children's book. Bruno's father is presented as a complex man, one who was a patient father, and who was kind to the maid, Maria, in paying for her mother's hospital and funeral expenses, and then taking her in as a maid when she had nowhere else to turn. Yet, he has ambitions to rise in the Nazi party. The mother, similarly, is loving towards her children, but she drinks heavily and has an affair with a young soldier.
Verdict: Horrifying depiction of Auschwitz told from the standpoint of the innocent 9 year old son of a high ranking Nazi officer. 4.5 stars out of 5.

Jan 26, 2019

The book was actually pretty good and very interesting, but it was a little bit confusing. Otherwise a good book on ww2.

Mar 28, 2018

This book is about a nine year old boy that goes on a journey to a concentration camp during ww2

I felt really good reading this book because I got to learn alot about Nazi and what they wore some specific things in this book

I do recommend this book to 13 and up kids

Mar 14, 2018

The Boy In The Striped is written in a strange way where it's narrated from a nine year old boys perspective; however in the end this works out really well as it gives you something to think about, such as when Bruno pronounces 'Fuhrer' as 'Fury, or 'Auschwitz' as 'Out-With'. This makes the story alot more emotional to read, as it takes a very serious point in history and mixes it with a nine year old boy's naivety.

Even though the book isn't non-fiction, many things in the story also relate to real life; such as the location of the camp, how it was laid out, etc. All the main characters are well thought out, each with their own personality and way of doing things.

It really shows how differently a nine year old boy from a rich German family excelled so much more than a Polish boy, taken away from his Mother and left in horrible conditions.

Overall, this book is really interesting because it combines fiction and non-fiction, has a completely new way of narrating something serious and has a twist towards the end. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to know more about Auschwitz, and the way people were treated in it, but don't want to read a massive non-fiction book that could get boring over time.

Aug 11, 2017

This book brings to life the heartbreaking history of concentration camps. The story covers what many young and innocent children had to go through during this time.

Aug 07, 2017

This book is written in an odd way and takes some getting used to. Although there are many factual errors (nine year-olds would have been killed upon entering Auschwitz and Bruno mistakes words like Fuhrer and Auschwitz for Fury and Out-With, which would only work in English, despite Bruno speaking German) this book was overall very good. The ending made me cry, and it gives a pretty unique perspective, from inside the house of a Nazi soldier. It really makes you why the Nazis were driven to such terrible acts, since Bruno's father was said to be kind to the maid Maria after her mother died, and it shows the power of brainwashing, especially on young children like Gretel. I would recommend this book.

SCL_Justin Jul 18, 2017

John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a strange little book. It’s about Bruno, a very naive 9-year-old boy from Berlin whose father is a Nazi commandant transferred to Auschwitz.

Bruno, being nine, thinks life on the other side of the fence from his house must be gobs of fun, what with the pajamas they get to wear. He meets a boy on the other side of the fence and they strike up a friendship, in which Bruno displays his ignorance and privilege. It’s not a terribly realistic story and belongs in the zone of fairy tale, but set in our own monstrous history. Nothing really sounded very German, but did sound very much the way a British person would portray a naive little German boy. It’s like Bruno was Pooh, stuck very far from the Hundred-Acre Wood. I didn't mind it, but if you want a more in-depth "German kids in WW2" story read The Book Thief.

Jun 30, 2017

I personally don't enjoy learning about history, because I don't like the graphic details and the fact that there was a lot of discrimination back in history. However for a fictional book related to the holocaust. For the serious topic that this book touched upon it found this book to be very interesting, because the story through a nine year old boys eyes and how he see the life around him and how he sees what happens at Auschwitz concentration camp. However with that being said I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 12 years old. This story is very educational and would help some tweens/teens understand some of the more sensitive topics of the holocaust.

Overall I would rate this book a 4/5. It is a great young teen book and has some information about the holocaust that help readers understand what's happening throughout the book.@Em-the-bookworm of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library.

We all know about the terrible genocide that happened in 1942. Well, John Boyne is able to show how this terrible genocide effected people who were not even of Jewish culture as well. John Boyne makes many indirect references to historical aspects of the concentration camp at Auschwitz during The Holocaust. However, he never directly tells you specifically what was happening in the story that related to past events at the concentration camp. In my opinion, this makes Boyne’s writing very impactful and interesting to read. The characters in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas are very different in terms of their personalities. The only people that were similar in their beliefs were Bruno’s father, Lieutenant Kotler, The Fury and all of the rest of the German Nazis. The ending of the book emotionally touched me. Bruno was innocent and did know the terror that he was getting into at the concentration camp. This made me very sad for he was a good kid (along with Shmuel) that shouldn’t have met that fate. John Boyne’s take on a tragic act of racism and discrimination is one that will be in my heart forever. I am so glad that “Heil Hitler!” are not any two words that people in modern society have to hear anymore. The fact that Boyne makes readers infer what is happening instead of simply telling them what is happening makes this book an easy four-star read.
@BlingThrash15 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne is an amazing YA book that portrays the horrendous incidents in Nazi Germany through a moving story.
A niave nine-year-old boy named Bruno, and his family, move to a new house, "Out-With". Bruno, with nothing to do at his new home, decides to pass his time by taking a walk along the fence outside his home. One day while doing that, he meets a boy on the other side of the fence, wearing an unusual set of striped pyjamas. Bruno and the boy, Shmuel, seem to have a lot in common and the only thing that sets them apart is the fence, and the intangible fact that Shmuel is Jewish while Bruno is not.
This book has a deep message that we are all the same and only our beliefs set us apart, and our beliefs are nothing to differentiate us at an extent of murder. So many Jewish citizens died during Nazi Germany, and this book was written to help us all recognize and remember the ones that were lost.
I give this book a 4/5 star rating.
I recommend this book to readers ages 12 and up.
- @ilovefood of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jun 26, 2017

A shockingly haunting and beautiful Holocaust story told through the eyes of a small boy. Although this book seemed small and easy to read, the author shares a powerful message to the reader. I was able to connect and understand the characters very well, which made the book even better. The ending left me in tears!

Feb 13, 2017

Loved the additions of the Oliver Jeffers illustrations in this special 10-year anniversary edition. This is a powerful tale showing how alike Bruno is to his counterpart on the other side of the fence in "Out-with" (Auschwitz).

This tale through the eyes of a German boy who is displaced from his home to a place near a concentration camp shows how the people of that country could have all of this going on around them and not realize the evil that they were submerged in until it was too late.

Highly recommended -- especially this edition!

Jan 06, 2017

I wasn't sure about this book, but I picked it up since I LOVE WW2. You know what I mean.. I was also more intrigued when I saw it said it was now a motion picture. So I wanted to read it than watch it, but *Sniffles* that never happened. You will cry after reading this book, if you don't Idk... I cried so much. My Grandfather fought in WW2 on USA side *woot, woot* That's why I have so much passion.
It's not based on a true story, but it hits into the feels of how the German people weren't seeing what was happening in the Camps. {MY HONEST OPINION}

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ArapahoeHannah Aug 08, 2016

It reminded me of the connections that young children make in such devastating circumstances.

Aug 04, 2016

The innocence yet reality of the story is incredibly heart-wrenching. Amazing read!

ArapahoeAmanda Jul 06, 2016

Quick read and not written that well, but still a really good story with an ending i wasn't expecting.

Jul 05, 2016

The book was about a boy who makes friends with a jew living on the other side of the fence. Bruno, the kid outside of the fence searches for adventure and decides to dress up in stripped pajamas and join his jewish friend inside the fence. Bruno becomes missing and it is at the end of the book that is found out what happened to the innocent boy.

Jun 13, 2016

I really liked this book about a 9 year old boy who befriends a young Jewish boy who is behind the fence in a concentration camp, run by his father who is the Commandant. Seen through the eyes of the boy.

Jun 02, 2016

A very heart-wrenching book. It explores the Holocaust through the eyes of a 9 year old boy.

May 21, 2016

So sad...but so real. This was a great read about the Holocaust, told by a 9 year old boy who is the son of a high ranking German soldier who becomes friends with a Jew in the concentration camp that his dad runs.

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