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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Dell Pub Co (Feb. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440967228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440967224
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,503,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I bought the Kindle copy. I was interested in Bombs on Aunt Dainty because I was born at the start of the war, and lived through it in South London. My parents were Swiss, and chose to stay in England. And I remember it as a wonderful time, noisy and interesting, thrilling to go out in the morning and see what had changed, what houses were still there, what interesting shrapnel we could collect from the street. Bombs on Aunt Dainty was an older take, but felt absolutely authentic, completely fascinating. More than any other book, it seems to convey the feel of the time, the combination of fear and excitement, boredom and frantic tension. It really filled out my own experience, actually informed me about my own life. The detail is amazing, and feels absolutely right. And Kerr's description of the end of the war is also spot on, confirming what had, till then, been merely an impression of a memory. She describes the sailor climbing a lamp-post in celebration; many years later I made a programme about VE-Day for the BBC, and I used the newsreel image of that sailor; a bit of the ironwork breaks off as he reaches the top. Everything she describes checks out, both physically and emotionally. A superb, serious, trustworthy writer and a cracking read.
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By Claretta VINE VOICE on 23 Dec. 2013
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Anyone who has read When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit will want to know what happened next to Anna, Max and their parents. This book - aimed at teenagers but quite sophisticated enough for an adult audience - takes up the story, with Anna on the verge of her 16th birthday. The family have settled in London but are barely scraping by, although Max is flourishing at Cambridge. The description of life in their hotel, full of other refugees, of Anna's first job and her discovery of her painting talent, and her first love affair, are all beautifully written as you would expect. The book conveys as well as any I've ever read what life in London during the Blitz must have been like. It is extremely moving in parts, both humorous and sad, and stays in the memory long after the end. I can't recommend it too highly.
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When I was tiny The Tiger who Came to Tea was my absolute favourite book in the world. I don't know what thrilled me more - the tiger or Sophie going out for dinner (sausages! chips! ice cream!) in her nightie. A few years later I read When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and it became instantly one of the iconic books which defines my childhood, read over and over and over again. But it wasn't until many years later as a bookseller shelving in the children's section that I realised the author was one and the same - little Anna had grown up and achieved her dream.
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.
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By A Customer on 13 Nov. 2002
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I have read all the books in the series of 'When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit' and have enjoyed them immensely. This book is good but not quite as good as the first one (When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit). You really do feel like you're there with Anna, walking beside her, hiding from the bombs, going to art class basically because the writing is superbly vivid.
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.
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Judith Kerr's account of an ordinary young girl living in a special historical time is gripping. The mixture of the banal and dramatic rings true and brings to life Anna's experiences. The writing style is deceptively simple, but elegant and honest.

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.
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Well written continuation of a family's fleeing Germany via. SWITZERLAND. AND france. Finally settling in the UK. A good read. Not too much exposure of the horrors of the time but enough implied to make a good read.
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