Lily Renée, Escape Artist

Lily Renée, Escape Artist

From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer

Book - 2011
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Presents the story of Lily Renée Wilheim, the Jewish girl who escaped from the Nazis through the Kindertransport operation, leaving her parents behind and traveling alone to England, later becoming a comic book artist in New York.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Graphic Universe, c2011
ISBN: 9780761381143
0761381147
9780761360100
0761360107
Branch Call Number: J/ 940.5318 RENEE ROBBINS
Characteristics: 96 p. : chiefly ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Oh, Mo
Timmons, Anne

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 02, 2012

It would be difficult for anyone to seriously claim that it is easy to write a biography for children. Graphic novel biographies, in turn, are twice as hard since you not only have to have your storytelling skills up to par, you need excellent artists, inkers, letters, and color artists at your disposal too. When all those people are working at the top of their form then the end result is gold. “Lily Renee” strives to reach that goal, but due to problems in one area or another it falls a little short. A valiant attempt to highlight a true unsung hero of women’s history, I appreciate this story being told. Hopefully this may inspire other people to delve into Ms. Renee’s past as well. Well-meaning.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 02, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 02, 2012

A child in the 1930s, Lily Renee Wilheim grew up in privilege and splendor. That is, before the Nazis invaded Austria. Jewish, Lily was lucky enough to find a spot on the Kindertransport, an agreement between Germany and England to send Jewish children out of the country. In England Lily lived for a time with her penpal, then found work as a nurse, ultimately moving to America. There she was reunited with her parents. In the course of looking for work she answered an ad for a comic book artist and, amazingly, got the job. In this way she was able to draw characters like the elegant spy Senorita Rio, who fought Nazis, in a sense, on Lily’s behalf. A glossary of German to English Terms and further information is included at the back of the book.

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