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  • Published: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787331020
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $35.00

Wonder




An extraordinary graphic novel in which Serena Katt tells the story of her grandfather’s youth in Nazi Germany

Serena Katt’s grandfather, whom she knew as Opa, was a ‘Sunday’s Child’, one of the lucky ones for whom everything always went right. Opa left a brief account of his childhood and teenage years, but it is opaque, a story of prizes won and boyish adventures. In Sunday’s Child, Serena Katt interrogates Opa’s version of his life. Was it really so innocent? Did he really not know what the Nazis were doing? He joined the Hitler Youth at the age of ten, swearing an oath of loyalty to the Fuhrer. From then on the games he played were actually military training, designed to produce a ‘new German youth … violent, domineering, unafraid, cruel … which the world will fear’. At seventeen, in the final desperate days of the war, he is called up but his luck holds. He is sent home and thus survives the war.

Sunday’s Child marks the debut of a remarkable graphic novelist. Serena Katt’s book is powerful, eloquent and moving, and her drawing is superb.

  • Published: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787331020
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Serena Katt

Serena Katt did an MA at the Royal College of Art, where she began this book, winning many awards for her work.

Praise for Wonder

Thoughtful but never preachy. A great book

Sophie Kinsella

Incredibly charming, brutal and brilliant

Observer

What a gem of a story. Moving and heart-warming. This book made me laugh, made me angry, made me cry

Malorie Blackman

The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio, a New York graphic designer whose debut novel, Wonder, is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some . . . It is dark, funny, touching and no Tube carriage will be without a copy this year

The Times

It wreaks emotional havoc . . . To finish it with a firm resolve to be a better person - well, you can't ask much more of any book than that

Independent

When the kids have finished with this, the adults will want to read it. Everybody should

Financial Times

A children's book that's making grown men cry

Observer

Awesome . . . So authentic you'll swear a kid wrote the book. And yes, that's a good thing

Glamour

I am terrifically jealous of everybody that gets to read Wonder for the first time. Every page is honest, brave and delightful. The most sparkly book I've come across for whiles

Laura Dockrill

It's one of those rare books with almost universal appeal: it will make you laugh, cry and break your heart

The Bookseller

Remarkable . . . It has the power to move hearts and change minds

Guardian

An amazing book . . . I absolutely loved it. I cried my eyes out

Tom Fletcher

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