Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review of Marx by Corinne Maier and Anne Simon

by Corinne Maier and Anne Simon
Nonfiction Standalone
72 Pages
Age Range: 12+
Grade Level: 6th Grade
Publisher: Nobrow Press

This is not just a biography about Karl Marx. It is an illustrated biography about Karl Marx.

The Short:
I really had a good time reading this book. It was short and sweet, but really told about Marx's life. It was really interesting to look at his thoughts and dissect how his ideals came to grow in today's society. His ideas are still relevant today, and he did a very good job of knowing what he thought, and putting that into action.

The Good:

  • It was funny. There were random bits of humor put into this book, and I really enjoyed it. Whether it was a comical drawing or just something one of the characters said, I greatly appreciated it. 
  • The drawings were fantastic. All the characters looked so unique, and you could actually tell who was who when looking at the pictures. The drawing were very stylized, and I had a good time just looking at them and I did more than once find myself saying, "Wow, I wish I could draw even half as good as this artist can."
  • The story was interesting. You got a look at Karl Marx's life without it being too much because if you're reading this book for an in-depth look into Marx's life you won't be satisfied, but all I wanted was a short and aesthetically peaking look into his life, and impact. That was exactly what I got. The book didn't stretch on too long, nor was it too short to where I didn't learn anything. 
  • I loved the times when we took a break from his life and learned about what he was writing about.  The book did a very good job explaining some of his key concepts with very few words. I really respected the authors' ability to do that. 
  • The use of the pictures was marvelous. The pictures were not just to make the book look good, but they were also visual aids to help you understand what you're reading about.
  • I said this last time I read a Nobrow Press book, and I'll say it again, THE QUALITY OF THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. Not just the content, but also the physical book. The hardcover is very high quality, and the paper was very thick, so the pictures were vibrant. Also, the size of the book was right for the story. It is a different size than Map of Days by Robet Hunter, the other Nobrow book I read, and the size of the book seems to depend on what the story and the art require. Thank you to Nobrow Press for knowing how to make a book. 
The Bad:
  • It moved a bit too quickly. One minute he was a kid, then the next panel he is going to college.
  • There was not enough introduction to the characters, and the events that took place. You were supposed to assume who the characters were to Marx, but it was never really explicitly said.
The Rating:


The Content:
Language: not a problem at all. Nobrow keeps it classy.
Sex: not mentioned. Way to be classy, Nobrow.
Violence: much talk of revolution and some of wars. no real violence is shown. Stay classy, Nobrow

I received this book in exchange for an honest review, and honestly it would be more difficult to make a dishonest review than a truthful one. 

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