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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Classic ReadThe Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne

So far we have received 43 reviews of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. You can read them below.

cameron from Year 7, The Laurel Academy, Mexborough:

This book is ok but it could get a bit boring in some places,
but thats made up in the ending.

Marks out of 10: 8

Bryony from Year 6, Barnburgh Primary School:

I absaloutly love this book.It made a bit sad at the end but
the rest was the best thing i had ever read.I love the
friendship between Braun and shmall.

Marks out of 10: 10

Owen from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I think this book is good. At the end it is sad and it really
shocked me because it was unexpected. What I disliked about the
book is that it went into to much detail. My favourite
character was Bruno because he loves to explore. I liked the
bit where Bruno finds Shmuel. I would reccomend this book to
anyone who likes a good adventure book.

Marks out of 10: 10

Ellie from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:

I really enjoyed the story(The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas) as
it touched my heart.When Shmuel and Bruno became friends I have
never known friendship so different before especially between a
wired fence. I think this book would be a good book for people
dealing with feelings and emotions!

Marks out of 10: 9

Laura from Year 6, Sunnyfields Primary School:

This book is so sad. Its about a boy who see's a boy in a
capture camp in world war 2. They want to be freinds but the
boy needs striped pygamas. The boy gets sone pygamas and he
comes into the capture camps. As they go to get a shower they
are atully put in a gas chamber and they die.

Marks out of 10: 9

shannon from Year 6, Balby Central Primary:

this book and film is relly sad poor brono :(

Marks out of 10: 10

Neve from Year 6, Balby Central Primary:

I did enjoy the book, however, it was about one or the worst
parts of WW2, the holocaust. It is sad when Bruno goes into the
concentration camp to look for the other boys father, but the
Nazi officers say they are going for a shower and end up being
poisoned. A sad story but what makes it even sadder is that
Bruno is only 8 and has been killed. I would recomend it to
people who like sad stories, but I wouldn't if the person
wanting to read it gets very emotional. However, I would give
it a 9/10.

Marks out of 10: 10

Neve from Year 6, Balby Central Primary:

this book is fantastic! It is a rather sad story, however, it
is brilliant. the basic story line is: Bruno is the son of a
Nazi officer, who moves house to near a concentration camp.
Bruno is a boy who goes adventuring, even in places he
shouldn't. he became friends with Shmaul, which is one of the
Jews, however, considering the differences, it is one of the
strongest friendships I have ever known. Bruno enters the camp,
helping Shmaul find his father, however, they get tricked into
a 'shower' when they really just gas them
It's a sad story which I would recommend to older children!

Marks out of 10: 10

Brooke from Year 7, De Warenne Academy:

Ive never really heard of boy in the striped pyjamas until I've
read it. The book is about a boy called Bruno who has moved
from Berlin to the contryside. And he looks out his window to
find a wire fence and pepole in striped pjyames. Bruno goes
exploring and meets a boy called Shumal whos a jew. And for
almost a year the boys meet each other in the late after noon.
Then Bruno gets lice and his father shaves all his hair off so
he is bald like Shumal. Then before he goes back to Berlin
Bruno makes a arrgement with Shumal. Shumal gets some spare
pjyames and Bruno goes on the other side of the fence to help
Shumal find his Dad. During this time Bruno and Shumal get
dragged into some showers not knowing what they were for.
Everone start banging at the door and Bruno and Shumal hold
each others hand.

It was the last thing they ever did.

Marks out of 10: 9

connor from Year 6, Balby Central Primary:

I think that it is a brilliant book because its exiting and you
never what is going to come next.Its also kind of sad because
of bruno s friend gets put in a conceretene camp.

Marks out of 10: 9

Lucy from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Oh My God!! I cried at this book. I thought it was sad how the
camps in this book are real, its a pain to read becase nobody
knows whats round the corner. John Boyne is an excellent author
because he explains everything in great detail. I could re-read
it all the time, well I have because I love it so much. Bruno
the little boy feels he's differant and becomes a boy in the
striped pajamas. His mum, dad and sister are all too late to
help him. They got told to have a shower and instead??? thats
the gripping fanale to the book. Bruno was a curious character
and you had to find out what his personality was like.

Marks out of 10: 10

Elizabeth from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

i like the book Boy in the Striped Pyjamas because it has a sad
ending . The thing I like tha most is the first bit because it
tells you about Bruno and his family . and they have to move
away . The bit i dont like is the end because it is sad.
Iwould give this book 9 out of 10 I would give it 10 if it had
more pictures .

Marks out of 10: 9

annalise from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

i could not get in to this book as it was not my type i would
pick to read

Marks out of 10: 6

Jessica from Year 6, Balby Central Primary:

I haven't finished the book yet but I have watched the film. I
would'nt recomend it to people who dont like depressing stories

Marks out of 10: 10

Jordan from Year 6, Balby Central Primary:

This book was brilliant i would definetely recommend this
book!However, it got sad in some parts which almost made me
cry.It was mainly about a Nazi soldiers son Bruno who meets
aboy Shmuel who was from poland.But over all it was a great
book.

Marks out of 10: 10

jade from Year 7, Ash Hill Academy:

This book is good. it is about a nine year old boy called
bruno. all he knows is that he has been moved from a
comfortable home in berlin to a house in desolated area and has
no one to play with.then he meets samual who is streaight on
the other side of the fence.who like the other people thir
weres a uniform and striped pajamas.i like this book it was
okay

Marks out of 10: 8

Naomi from Year 8:

John Boyne leaves a lot of things to your own imagination
however he still explains to the readers about when two, very
different people meet and a strong and powerful bond is
created.
The story is very simple, however it teaches you about the
discrimination against the Jews and delivers a clear message...
LOVE is more POWERFUL than evil.
Once you start reading this book you instantly become
attached to the book and you feel as though you are living in
Bruno's world.

This story leaves you filled with awe and chilled to the
bone...

Marks out of 10: 10

sophie from Year 7, The Armthorpe Academy:

If you like books you will love this book! you wont just want
to read it you would like to keep it for ever and ever. if you
could you would take it out of the libary and uck it bback in
on the cloing date and then book it out again1

Marks out of 10: 10

sophie from Year 7, The Armthorpe Academy:

If you like books you will love this book! you wont just want
to read it you would like to keep it for ever and ever. if you
could you would take it out of the libary and uck it bback in
on the cloing date and then book it out again1

Marks out of 10: 10

elise from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

The boy in the striped pyjamas is a very intresting book but it
took me a long time to

Marks out of 10: 8

elise from Year 5, Adwick Park Junior School:

the boy in the boy in the stripes pyjamas is a very intresting
book. it took me a long time to get into the book but finally i
thought it was brilliant and it has a fantastic dilemma at the
end of the book. the book was upsetting but i bet when i watch
the film i will probably think it is better than the book.

Thankyou for reading

Marks out of 10: 10

shane from Year 8, St Peter's Catholic Primary School:

this book is good and when i first read it a loveed. it was
BETTER THEN THE PLAYSTASHON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marks out of 10: 10

Niamh from Year 6, St Peter's Catholic Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book. It keeps it true to the subject,
and what I mean by that it is real and true and not in anyway
silly or stupid. Because if you are going to write about a
topic like this you need to be serious.
All the way through reading this book I had a feeling at what
was going to happen at the end. When you do find out, however,
it is a total shock.
It is an obviously sad book, so if you are going to read this
I'd keep the tissues close by!

Marks out of 10: 9

jodie from Year 8, Richmond Hill Primary:

A sad book much more intresting than the film.

Marks out of 10: 7

Jack from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

An emotional book that rerally moves you. An otherwise
wonderful book about a doomed friendship. Full marks!!

Marks out of 10: 10

Jessica from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

I really good book a loved it. It is amazing. It is quite a sad
book to read but a loved it anyway

Marks out of 10: 8

jessica from Year 5, Balby Central Primary:

i haven't read much of the book yet but so far its extremely
boring and at some points are hard to understand.

Marks out of 10: 1

jack from Year 10, De Warenne Academy:

its a good book but the end made me feal a bit depressed. bruno
really was brave to go in to that camp. it is a shame he died.

Marks out of 10: 8

Elliemay from Year 7, The Laurel Academy, Mexborough:

This is my last book in the bookaward I have to read , and its
the best book I have ever read! This book was so sad at the
end . I enjoyed it soo much that I was upset to finish .

This story starts when , the maid is packing Brunos clothes
into a suitcase, and Bruno isn`t happy that he is moving
away.When he moves to his new home he isn`t happy about coming
to the new home.As he goes exploring his new garden he meets a
Jewish boy, called Shmuel, which is spelt diffrent than we
write samuel.


This story is the best story out of the Doncasterbookaward I
have EVER read!!! better books than last year! :-)

Marks out of 10: 10

katie from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book is about 9 year old boy named Bruno. At the beginning
of the Bruno finds out that his family is moving from his home
in Berlin.The book is based on the world war two and along the
way Bruno meets a boy who has the same birthday as him and is
wearing striped pyjamas.

Marks out of 10: 8

Hollie from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:

I think this book has a really interesting story line. It
shocked me because it was unexpected. This book touched my
heart and it made me think i was there and witnessing all of
those horribe events. I would recomend this book to children
who love adventures!!!!!

Marks out of 10: 8

mitchell from Year 7, The Armthorpe Academy:

it was a amazing book but a little sad and it tells you every
thing about how jewsish people suffered read this book is good
and sad(i was nearly about to cry)because of the book

Marks out of 10: 9

Holly from Year 9:

This book is quite fun and interesting to read, a young boy
going onto an adventure and finds a friend. Though you might
think that it seems like a happy story, it is infact very
tragic and sad. Also it is even more sad to know that this had
happened in the real world. Though with a book like this, about
auschwitz isnt going to be a happy ending and infact is Very
emotional and ironic instead. Bruno's character is also VERY
ironic, a nazi trying to draw parallels with a jew. I would
recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history,
adventure books.

Marks out of 10: 7

from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

WOW! This book is amazing not onlky hart warming but tia
squeeszing to. i love all the mystory behind it,and the story !
ITS A MUST READ

Marks out of 10: 9

joshua from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

i was touched the first time i read this and i am still touched
now i've read it for the 5th time

Marks out of 10: 10

Chloe from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

This book is very touching, it gets to the hart leaving a
serious message too.
The book is about two boys and their friendship that was doomed
from the moment they met.
I don't like sad story too much but this is an
exception,although I did have to ask about the ending.

Marks out of 10: 8

elisha from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

this is an absolutely brilliant book! so sad and yet so
entertaining, i cant count the amount opf times i cried when i
read this!!! :-)

Marks out of 10: 10

Jasmine from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

'The Boy in Striped Pyjamas' is a book about Bruno a young boy
who lived when the second world war was happening.
Bruno's sister Gretel didn't like Bruno. Gretel's older and for
once agreed with her brother when they unfortunately had to
move house because of his Dad's job.

At this new house Bruno and Gretel discover something they've
never seen before. It was already a surprize of them moving
house and now they can't believe their eyes. It was through
Bruno's new bedroom that they saw more than a lot of children
in striped pyjamas.

Marks out of 10: 7

Ryan from Year 6, Barnburgh Primary School:

I think it is a brilliant book im half way it is very
interesting book but some parts are getting me quite boring but
most of the time it is persuading me to carry on reading. Id
like this author to make more good books just like this and
Noah Barleywater runs away. Kids about year six's age should be
allowed to read it in school.

Marks out of 10: 8

saffron from Year 8:

good book. however i like the film better. :)

Marks out of 10: 9

Ciara M from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:

I didn't enjoy boy in the striped pyjarmas because i thought it
was very violent and i didn't want to carry on because of all
the gruesome deaths. I didn't feel that it was the appropriate
book for me as I books what include animals like a Dog called
Homeless.

Marks out of 10: 6

ben from Year 6, Adwick Park Junior School:

This book is really good but at the begining were Bruno and his
family are moving house it was a bit boring but when he meets
shmuel it gets very interesting.

Marks out of 10: 9

Lottie from Year 9, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

The book was good but sad.

Marks out of 10: 6

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