This is an interesting story told through the eyes of a confused child. But it is also informative on the history of Iran during that period and gifting the reader with a little insight into an unfamiliar culture. I found it shocking to know that it is illegal to execute a virgin... which means a woman is forced into marriage with a prison guard, raped and then executed, her family receiving the dowry for her virginity.
The art is simple and monotone black and white cartooning, reinforcing the child perspective. The images only add to the shock of the horrors that happened.
The basic message of the story (that I took away from the book) is you have to read. Read everything you can get your hands on and then you can make an opinion on a subject, education is key to democracy. So before you go off on a rant read up, get the facts. Be informed instead of scared. The Islamic revolution won because so many people were not educated.
I'm definitely going to read the second book.