Poppies of Iraq

By: Brigitte Findakly

Lewis Trondheim

Poppies of Iraq is Brigitte Findakly's nuanced, tender chronicle of her relationship with her homeland, Iraq. Time line of important historical events in Iraqi history. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781770462939

JLG Release: Dec 2017


Sensitive Areas: Guns, Strong language, Racial taunts, Discrimination, War, Violence, Criminal culture, Terrorism, Religious fanaticism, Discussion of rape
Topics: Iraq , Islam , Christianity , Memoir , Family stories , Dictatorships , Mixed-race individuals , Terrorism , Graphic novels

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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[STARRED REVIEW]
This absorbing graphic memoir offers an insider’s view of the rapid cultural changes that beset Iraq in the latter half of the 20th century. As in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, the author of this work is both cocreator and protagonist. Brigitte is an energetic guide through
[STARRED REVIEW]
This absorbing graphic memoir offers an insider’s view of the rapid cultural changes that beset Iraq in the latter half of the 20th century. As in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, the author of this work is both cocreator and protagonist. Brigitte is an energetic guide through a series of childhood experiences, at once universal and distinctly her own. Short vignettes about her family, school, and local customs are alternately bittersweet, funny, and affecting as a series of military and political coups impact her family’s life in Iraq. Vivid illustrations contrast with black-and-white family photos, bringing to life actual individuals. An opening scene finds young Brigitte playing amid ancient ruins at an archaeological site, and the work ends with a time line tracing the history of the region, from ancient Mesopotamia to present day. This bookending underscores the variety of power structures that have come and gone, demonstrating how Findakly’s family’s experiences are part of an ongoing historical narrative. VERDICT A moving, thought-provoking title for all collections.—Ann Foster, Saskatoon Public Library

Book Details

ISBN

9781770462939

First Release

December 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

956.7044092 B

Trim Size

6 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Page Count

120

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 830L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Drawn & Quarterly

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Guns, Strong language, Racial taunts, Discrimination, War, Violence, Criminal culture, Terrorism, Religious fanaticism, Discussion of rape

Topics

Iraq, Islam, Christianity, Memoir, Family stories, Dictatorships, Mixed-race individuals, Terrorism, Graphic novels,

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