While I'm no expert on graphic novels, I found Satrapi's illustrations so effective in moving the story along. There's a slight whimsy to them-mainly the characters' eyes- that serves as reminder that these are a child's experiences.
I love Satrapi's voice and style in both books. She has a delicately acerbic tongue. She really captured the angst of youth and political activism as well as the jaded side of both. I'm now anxious to read her other works: Embroideries and Chicken with Plums.