Period 2, Mr. Oncay
Book Review: Spring ‘14
REVIEW: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
When I opened The Book Thief to the first page, I could not stop reading for an hour, and I finished the book in two days. The unique point of view from which this book is narrated easily caught my attention. The setting and time of the world which the main character lives in is also rather unique: most books about Nazi Germany are told from the Jews’ point of view. I especially liked how Death narrates his story of Liesel, starting with the three times he saw “the book thief”, as he calls her and slipping in some of his own views and experiences. There are also some interesting quotes from Death, including him telling the reader to look in the mirror if they really want to know what he actually looks like. This book is best for people ages ages twelve to sixteen. I would rate this book ten out of ten stars.
STUDY QUESTIONS AND VOCABULARY:
1. Who dies on the way to Munich?
1a. Liesel’s little brother, Werner.
2. What does Liesel find by her brother’s grave?
2a. The Grave Digger’s Handbook.
3. Where is Liesel’s new home?
3a. Himmel Street.
4. Who swears a lot?
4a. Rosa Hubermann.
5. Why does Hans Junior leave during Christmas?
5a. He thinks his father is a coward.
6. Where does Liesel first drink champagne?
6a. At a house that Liesel’s papa painted.
7. Who is determined to win all the races at the Hitler Youth carnival?
7a. Rudy Steiner.
8. In Liesel’s eyes, who is the best accordion player?
8a. Papa (Hans Hubermann).
9. Who wrote The Standover Man?
9a. Max Vandenburg.
10. What does Max paint on the wall of the basement?
10a. The description that Liesel gave him of the weather one day.
11. Whose fathers are going to join the army?
11a. Rudy and Liesel’s fathers.
12. What does Rosa hold when she prays in the kitchen?
12a. Hans Hubermann’s accordion.
13. What does Rudy do when the Jews are marching through the town?
13a. He puts bread on the road for them.
14. Where is The Word Shaker hidden?
14a. In Rosa’s mattress.
15. Why does Reinhold Zucker die?
15a. He was sitting in Hans Hubermann’s seat.