This is a heart breaking story of a little boy who just wants to explore.
Young Bruno is moved from his home in Berlin and is moved to an empty and boring house in the middle of nowhere. Everyday tens of soldiers march in and out of the house to talk to his father who ‘the fury have big plans for’.
Little Bruno gets very bored one day and decides to venture out into the unknown by the big grand fence. he finds a sot, that becomes a blob, that becomes a splodge, that becomes a figure, that becomes another little boy probably similar to himself in age.
Bruno decides to talk to him, see if they can make friends. He then discovers that they have the same birthday! From then on Bruno goes to visit him every day they become best of friends.
Bruno is told that he is to leave out-with and go back home, a few months after the death of his grandma. On his final day Shmuel, the other little boy, invites him under the fence. Bruno sneaks in with a pair of striped pyjamas. Then the two boys get in the middle of a march…
A book review by Matilda Kemp
5/5 stars really sad would definitely recommend for older children.