Here are some differences between Bruno and Shmuel. Bruno lives in a big house, and he has everything he needs, but Shmuel lives in a concentration camp, and he barely even has food. Shmuel understands that he is in the concentration camp because he is a jew, but Bruno doesn't seem to understand, because nobody has told him.
Here are som similarities. Bruno and Shmuel are born on the same day, which is 15. April 1934, and they are both 9 years old. Also, both of them are very small and skinny.
Another thing they have in common, is that they were both forced to move avay from their houses. In the end of the book and the film, both of the boys die in the concentration camp, at the age of only nine.
Here are some more differences. Shmuel is a jew, and he is keept as a prisoner because of it, Bruno on the other hand, is not a jew and isn't beeing keept in in the concentration camp. Bruno has blue eyes, which is what Hitler likes. Shmuel has brown eyes, and he is the type of person that Hitler doesn't like.
Personally, I really liked the book and I think it's a very interesting and exciting story to read. I knew what the book was about before I started reading it, which took away a bit og the excitment, but there were very many details in the book that I didn't know about, that made it interesting. Like for example when Shmuel talks about how he and his family were taken away form their home.
My reactions and opinions on the book
In my opinion, the story in the book is very sad, and it made me feel many different emotions. I got frustrated when Bruno didn't understand, and I got sad when I read about Shmuel's life in the concentration camp. The book also made me mad at the Nazi soldiers that caused the jews so much pain.
However, I think some sentences in the book are written in a bit of a confusing way, and some sentences are really long, which sometimes made it hard to understand. Although that didn't really effect my understanding of the plot in the book.
Lastly, I think this book is a very good book for people who want to learn about the Holocaust. The book teaches you things from a different perspectiev then what you would read in a normal history book. The story is fictional, but many of the things that happen in the book are real, and I think it's very educational.