Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust (Hardcover)

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By Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano (Illustrator), Greg Salsedo (Inked or colored by)
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Every childhood narrative of the Holocaust is different, but Loic Dauvillier's captivating graphic novel HIDDEN brings a unique new perspective to this incredibly important body of literature. In HIDDEN, aging grandmother Dounia tells her granddaughter her story of growing up Jewish in World War II France, where she faced bullying, discrimination, and ultimately years in hiding in order to stay alive under the Third Reich. HIDDEN doesn't flinch from the reality of its subject, but as young Dounia is kept from the worst of things by the adults around her, so is the reader; instead, we're treated to a look at the day-to-day realities of being hidden. Gorgeously illustrated by Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo, the art of HIDDEN is simple, almost childlike, but still conveys feeling so well it'll give you chills. The true emotion lives in the details: harsh ink lines of someone screaming, a beautiful use of contrast and shadow, and inventive panel layouts that reflect all the latest trends in graphic novels for adults. This poetic graphic novel stands as a strong and necessary addition to the canon of children's Holocaust literature.

— From Liz's Kids Book Recommendations


In this gentle, poetic young graphic novel, Dounia, a grandmother, tells her granddaughter the story even her son has never heard: how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her alive when her parents had been taken to concentration camps.

Hidden ends on a tender note, with Dounia and her mother rediscovering each other as World War II ends . . . and a young girl in present-day France becoming closer to her grandmother, who can finally, after all those years, tell her story. With words by Loïc Dauvillier and art by Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo, this picture book-style comic for young readers is a touching read.

About the Author

Loïc Dauvillier is above all a book lover. He has penned a great many picture books and comics adaptations of classics (Around the World in 80 Days, Oliver Twist), as well as other more personal and autobiographical works. His books include the graphic novel Hidden.

Marc Lizano has lent his pen to over forty books. Today he is one of the most sought after cartoonists and works in a wide range of styles and genres on graphic novels and picture books for young readers and for adults. Hidden is his most recent graphic novel.

Praise For…

“The graphic novel format helps reinforce the contrast between the dark, scary moments and the happier times.” —The Horn Book

“Affecting and effective” —BCCB

“*Lizano draws people the same way that small children do: a giant oval for the head and two dots for the eyes. But his people always have complicated expressions on their faces. They never show just one emotion . . . No book can sum up all of the Holocaust, but this graphic novel seems to contain every possible human emotion. Remarkably, most of the time, it does it with an oval and two dots.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A Holocaust experience told as a bedtime story? It sounds crazy, but here it works.” —Booklist

“Lizano's stylized illustrations depict characters with oversize heads, reminiscent of "Peanuts" comics, giving this difficult subject an age-appropriate touch . . . Pair this poignant graphic novel with Lois Lowry's Number the Stars.” —School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781596438736
ISBN-10: 1596438738
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Pages: 80
Language: English