Bruno's head is shaved as a result of getting lice.
Bruno is very curious.
Bruno did not want to leave Berlin.
Gretel has blonde hair.
Gretel is sassy.
"Don't you know you don't enter a lady's room without knocking?"
Gretel loves dolls.
Gretel likes to wear her hair in pigtails.
Kotler has a good sense of humor.
"Good Morning, little man."
Kotler likes to sleep.
Bruno is nine and he is the main character in this story. When he finds out that he has to move to Poland, he is not very happy. He complains about his three story house, since he is used to five stories. Overtime, though, he grows to like Out-With because he meets Shmuel while exploring, which is something he loves to do. In the end, Bruno is gassed.
Maria is very grateful for her job.
"It's not important," "...What I think."
Maria has red hair.
In the beginning of the book, Gretel is twelve, but towards the end of the book, she turns thirteen and she is Bruno’s big sister. Gretel loves dolls and keeps them hung up in her room until the end of the book. Gretel is referred to as a “Hopeless Case” and loves sarcasm.
Shmuel wears grey and white striped pajamas.
Shmuel is Jewish.
Lieutenant Kotler is nineteen years old and is a soldier who works for Bruno’s father. He calls Bruno “little man” which Bruno dislikes. One significant action would be when he shot Pavel because Pavel accidentally spilled wine on him. Towards, the end of the book, though, Lieutenant Kotler is transferred somewhere else.
Kotler has blonde hair.
Pavel is Jewish.
"Don't make things worse by thinking it's more painful than it actually is."
Pavel wears a white jacket.
Kotler is very muscular.
Maria’s age is unknown, but I would assume that she is a middle aged women. Her role in the novel is Bruno’s family’s maid. Maria typically has her head down, keeps her mouth shut, and does what she is told to. She is very grateful towards the commandant because he gave her a job and it is said that he overpays her.
Maria is quiet.
Maria is tall.
Shmuel is nine years old and shares a birthday with Bruno. In the story, Shmuel becomes Bruno’s new best friend for life. Shmuel is Jewish and lives at Auschwitz concentration camp. As most Jews in a concentration camp, Shmuel is not treated very well, so he is very grateful for all of the food Bruno gives him. In the end, he is gassed with Bruno.
Shmuel has caramel colored eyes.
"I'm not supposed to be here. If they catch me I'll be in trouble."
Shmuel is typically sad.
It does not say directly how old Pavel is, but we do know that he is elderly. His role in the novel is the cook at Bruno’s new house. He is Jewish. One significant action would be when he took care of Bruno after he scraped his knee. In that chapter, we learn Pavel used to be a doctor. Towards the end of the book, he accidentally spills wine on Kotler and Lieutenant Kotler shoots Pavel.
Pavel got smaller and the color drained from his cheeks.