Breaking Stalin’s Nose is a brief story, simply told, but still absolutely chilling. Through the eyes of ten-year-old Sasha Zaichik, we see the senseless brutality of the early days of the communist Soviet Union. Yelchin’s writing is clear and readable; although the book is intended for children, many of the nuances of the story will probably be better understood and appreciated by adults. Because the story was short and simple, there were times where it felt it lacked development, but overall it was a haunting portrayal of communist Russia—and one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Violence/Gore: Policemen chase a young boy briefly. A group of boys engage in a snowball fight which turns rough and ends in one boy throwing a snowball into another boy’s face and breaking the second boy’s glasses (his cheek is cut by the glass). A young boy attacks an elementary school teacher and they tussle.
Mature Subject Matter:
Communism, verbal abuse from adults to children, unfair arrests, imprisonent (including one scene in which it is implied that a child is taken to prison).
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