The Secret of the Village Fool

The Secret of the Village Fool - Rebecca Upjohn, Renné Benoit

What a super children’s story about the Holocaust. The illustrations showed the despair, the intensity and the urgency that the characters faced during this period of time. The author keeps the story moving explaining how the actions of an individual helped others during this period of time.  Inside this children’s book, the Village Fool takes advantage of his title to help a Jewish family who has been kind to him in the past.   With the talk of Nazis and Jews in the air, the Village Fool is warned who he should mingle with but he remembers who cared for him in the past and he realizes he can return the kindness. If caught, both the Village Fool and the family he is helping will face devastating consequences but that is the chance they both are willing to take. The author added a dedication in the back of the story which gave me goosebumps as I read it. This beautiful write-up included photographs and was titled “What Happened After” and finished up where this book left off. It was wonderfully done and I really enjoyed this part of the book as it brought closure to this story.  

Thank you NetGalley and Second Story Press for sending me a copy of this novel to read in exchange for an honest opinion.