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The Sigh Hardcover – December 7, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment; 1st Edition edition (December 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781936393466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393466
  • ASIN: 1936393468
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* While lyrical fantasy is not Satrapi’s usual bailiwick, the elements of childhood figure prominently in her work, including her deservedly revered graphic memoir Persepolis (2003). In this book—which has the most in common with Satrapi’s single picture book, Monsters Are Afraid of the Moon (2006)—themes and archetypal situations from centuries’ worth of fairy tales play out in the story of a merchant and his three daughters, one of whom is swept off by Ah the Sigh (pictured as a sort of smudgy, floating teardrop). The daughter, Rose, journeys through joy, sorrow, and longing as she inadvertently kills her beloved and undergoes a period of servitude before achieving redemption through her own perseverance and intelligence. Archetypal though it may be, and adhering only to the logic of fairy tales, Satrapi’s narrative paints compelling feelings in broad strokes. While it is distinctly not a graphic novel in the traditional sense, some of the iconography of sequential art is effortlessly and poetically woven into imagery with thick, dark lines and emotionally resonant colors that suggest both the simplicity of a youthful perspective and a more mature emotional complexity. Containing fairy tale–appropriate gruesomeness and cruelty along with its happy ending, the all-ages story never loses touch with the childhood it is looking to illuminate. Grades 6-12. --Jesse Karp

About the Author

Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She lived in Iran during the fall of the Shah, the Iranian Revolution, the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini, and the first years of the Iran-Iraq War, before her family fled to Europe. She later returned to study at the Islamic Azad University in Tehran. Her graphic novel autobiography, Persepolis, describing her childhood in Iran and adolescence in Europe, became a critically acclaimed worldwide success, winning the Coup de Coeur Award at the 2001 Angoulême International Comics Festival. She co-directed an animated adaptation of her autobiography with Vincent Paronnaud, which won the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. She is also the author of Chicken with Plums (Pantheon Books) and Monsters are Afraid of the Moon (Bloomsbury).

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Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the French school, before leaving for Vienna and Strasbourg to study decorative arts. She currently lives in Paris, where she is at work on the sequel to Persepolis. She is also the author of several children's books.

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When I decided to give The Sigh a review I was not completely sure what the book was about other than it was sort of a fairy tale. The Sigh is an edgy sort of a Cinderella type story but slightly more on the darker side. The main character, Rose, has three sisters with her being the most beautiful of the bunch. The girl's mother has died and the father Papa, who is a merchant, travels to far-away lands and brings his daughters gifts on his return. At the beginning of the story upon his return home from a long journey, their Papa was not able to find the gift Rose had requested. Upon hearing this Rose lets out an "ah," which brings a creepy character named "Ah the Sigh" to their door.

This fable teaches a few lessons. One of which is not judging others by what you only see with your eyes instead of your heart. Others Rose learns along the way are to leave imperfections alone, and also perseverance. This is a beautiful hardcover book and the illustrations are quite unique including the one of the character "Ah the Sigh." I give major credit to the author, Marjane Satrapi, for her combination of the fable and fine artwork and illustrations. As you do not come across many authors who also illustrate their own books. Although this book is not very long and listed for ages 8 and up. I do feel due to some situations in the book I would only recommend this for the teens and even adults who love to read unique fables. As most younger children would not understand the meaning behind the messages and might be afraid of the little ugly character who in the end....well you will have to find that out for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mercedeh namei on May 29, 2013
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I like this book, but I expected more from Marjaneh. I own lots of books by her and this was not the best of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 26, 2013
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I love Marjane Satrapi's books and this one has not disappointed. I enjoy her books for adults more than the ones she writes for children, but I think all of her books are wonderful overall.
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By Rebecca Mugridge on December 19, 2013
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I became a big fan of Marjane Satrapi after I read Persepolis, and I've enjoyed all her work. The Sigh is very different from Persepolis but will please other fans. I highly recommend this book.
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