Genre: Fiction
Publication Date: 2007
Read by: Michael Maloney

I’ve had this on my TBR list for several months now, but when I heard from Amy at The Sleepy Reader that the audio version included a worthwhile interview with the author, I decided to get the book on CD from the library.

I’m glad I was convinced to get the audio version – I liked the reader and the interview addressed some concerns I had with the book.

It’s the story of Bruno, a 9 year old German boy who has clearly lived a pretty sheltered and privileged life. When Bruno’s family suddenly moves to a place he’s never heard of due to his father’s job, Bruno is quite unhappy to be leaving Berlin and his friends. At their new home he remains unhappy until he goes exploring and meets a boy who wears striped pajamas at a fence. They strike up a friendship and discover their similarities as well as their differences.

It wasn’t hard to figure out what was going to happen, but it was interesting to hear the story from a perspective I hadn’t before.

The character of Bruno is overly naïve and childish for a 9 year old and the repetition of his phrases and misunderstandings can get grating, but these things are there for a reason and ultimately kind of work for the story. I did enjoy the interview with the author at the end of the CD version and was glad I’d opted for this version.