Bombs on Aunt Dainty Paperback – 7 May 2002
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Acclaim for When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit:
‘… a compassionate introduction to the whole subject of World War II…’ Books for your Children
‘… an extremely exciting adventure story…’ Daily Express
‘… a charming and touching book, often very funny…’ Daily Mail
‘… exact, intelligent and unsentimental.’ Sunday Telegraph
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It is hard enough being a teenager in London during the Blitz, finding yourself in love and wondering every night whether you will survive the bombs. But it is even harder for Anna, who is still officially classified as an “enemy alien”. Those bombs are coming from Germany – the country that was once her own. If Hitler invades, can she and her beloved refugee family possibly survive?
Partly autobiographical, this is the second title in Judith Kerr's internationally acclaimed trilogy of books following the life of Anna through war-torn Germany, to London during the Blitz and her return to Berlin to discover the past.See all Product Description
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Bombs on Aunt Dainty picks up several years after Pink Rabbit. Anna and her family are refugees (the current Government would probably call them economic migrants), and whilst Max, her oldest brother, feels and acts English, his German nationality an embarrassment and an impediment, and Anna doesn't know quite who she is, living with friends, her own family elsewhere. Meanwhile her parents live in genteel poverty struggling to cope in a world where their language, skills and former status are of no use.
It was fascinating and sobering to read this during the current refugee crisis. In a way it gave me some hope for the children, after all, Anna and Max were resilient throughout all the upheaval, and it's a much needed reminder, with all the current rhetoric, that every single refugee is a human being with a unique story. But Anna's parents never really came to terms with the awful upheaval in their lives and right now there are millions of Papas and Mamas trying to feed their children, get any job possible, unable to believe that there's a world that is safe. Eighty years after Anna fled Germany it seems that in some ways nothing has changed.
I would reccomend this book to anyone of the age of seven, (who wants a slightly challenging read), and over. If you had read the first book then you have to read the rest to find out what happens to poor, forlorn Anna, lost in a world dominated by the Second World War.
Some reviewers have compared this book slightly less favourably with the first in the series, but I found this one even more absorbing and beautifully written.
My child is 8 so can read many books herself. It means I can choose books to read aloud that I will also thoroughly enjoy. Here is one such.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My mum bought me this book as I had read the first one and LOVED it .it is a continuation of Anna as she finds a new job and a new home and has many more adventures....... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mum of many
As I read the first book of the trilogy which I found thrilling, I bought the second one and it didn't disappoint me at all. I strongly reccomend it for young readers and adults.Published 5 months ago by ANASTASIA GORGOULI
Very enjoyable. What an amazing lady Judith Kerr is. She can write about her experiences in the blitz in such a vivid way, she brings it to life. Can't stop reading. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Clara
This is the second of Judith Kerr's semi-autobiographical novels following on from "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit". Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anne
Have read her other books and this one did not disappoint either, totally engrossing and suitable for readers of all ages.Published 10 months ago by bee De