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Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
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Once (Felix Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (rev. 9/06), this Holocaust parable plays its main character's naiveté against readers' likely knowledge of the historical realities, but here the juxtaposition is believable and not at all precious; like The Book Thief (rev. 3/06), the novel extols the power of storytelling in the face of tragedy, but Once pits Felix's stories against even deeper ugliness. ... Gleitzman manages to find a grain of hope in the unresolved (and likely dire) conclusion, but this is the rare Holocaust book for young readers that doesn't alleviate its dark themes with a comforting ending." --The Horn Book, Starred Review"This gripping novel will make readers want to find out more" --Booklist --This text refers to the paperback edition.
"Morris Gleitzman has discovered the difficult trick of changing reality so that poignancy and laughter are never far apart." (The Australian)
"Gleitzman's reading is flawless and as a result the three disc, three hour listening experience seems to last only minutes. Gleitzman's postscript places the story firmly among the actual events of Hitler's Holocaust adding another instance of where 'Morris Gleitzman has discovered the difficult trick of changing reality so the poignancy and laughter are never far apart.' The cover artwork is identical to that of the paperback edition and the listener is privileged by hearing the author read his own inner creative voice as no one else can. This short audiobook, complete and unabridged, is a must for every school library. Listeners will not baulk at the three discs and three-hour investment of their time. In return, they will be privy to a new genre of comic but no less insightful historical fiction." (Fiction Focus)
"Set during the Holocaust, this is the tale of Felix, a young Jewish child who runs away from a Catholic orphanage to try and find his parents. He meets other orphans who join his journey, and he is eventually forced onto a train heading for the concentration camps. Gleitzman spares no horror divulging details of Nazi brutality, and he conveys the truths in small bits through Felix’s present-tense viewpoint. Felix copes with the tragedy of his life through storytelling, making the audio most effective. Always seeking to see the bright side, Felix helps others escape through fantasy as well, weaving tales to make those around him feel better. Gleitzman's resonant voice, hushed tones, Australian accent, and impeccable pacing draw listeners to this compelling tale. A hauntingly hollow Jewish musical refrain separates chapters and enhances the mood." (Booklist) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B008400LY8
- Publisher : Penguin eBooks (1 August 2005)
- Language : English
- File size : 1010 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 164 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 014132063X
- Best Sellers Rank: 14,363 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It was about a boy called Felix and his parents went... well, somewhere, at least. He got sent to an orphanage and he found a whole carrot in his soup. then he meets a girl called Zelda and becomes friends with her and both hate Nazis and try not to be attacked by them...
Top reviews from other countries
There is something likable about Felix and I could feel myself willingly him to survive.
I learnt history as a bunch of facts, but this book gives an insight into what people really suffered. Yet, it does so in a way that a child can deal with. It has given me a greater understanding of history. . and I know my son understands history more than I did at his age.
I admit there were times I cried whilst I read it, but only as I felt so wrapped up in the book and the story. I felt for the children.
This book is suited for children 9-12 but I also think older children and adults could take a lot from this book.