Tail-end Charlie by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

Tail-end Charlie

Written by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

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Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter 'Best Book with Facts' Award. Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2010.

As a boy, Mick Manning listened to his father's hair-raising tales about life as an RAF airgunner during the Second World War. Now, years later, he has carefully recreated his father's stories, writing them down as if his dad was speaking the words. In collaboration with Brita, he has illustrated them too.

Photos and memorabilia accompany the true story of the author's father's World War Two experiences. Through scrapbook-style journal entries, this book aims to tell the story of the brave young men who risked everything for the sake of their country and yours...

This is a book for Charlie's grandchildren, and for everyone.


Tail-end Charlie by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

Find out what it was really like to: Put up with food rationing ! Undergo RAF Training! Take off in a bomber! Face enemy fighters! Survive the Battle of the Bulge.


True courage colours the tail-gunners story. Times

For real life adventurers, there is Mick Manning's TAIL END CHARLIE. Brilliantly illustrated by Brita Branstrom, it tells the true story of the author's father as a youthful airman during the Second World War. Using comic strip, contemporary photographs and full-page pictures, it covers both everyday details and moments of extreme danger. Independent The book is presented in the style of a scrapbook journal. The typed wartime 'flight log gives us a personal voice and provides a narrative drive which makes the story compelling and coherent
...The illustrations with their speech bubbles play a huge part in the success of the book. The combination of a strong line and often vibrant colours brings the experiences vividly to life. There is immense variety in how each double spread is designed. Interesting contemporary ephemera, including magazines, comics and playing cards, bring information and variety. Manning and Granstrom's books nearly always have school relevance and this one would enrich enormously primary school children's studies of the Second World War. The combination of a riveting personal story, much general information about the war and a detailed glossary make this an excellent resource. and reading it could lead to young readers exploring their own family histories for stories that should never be forgotten. Books for Keeps

The book fulfils its aims and gives an excellent picture of the life of the airmen and also some intimations of the deprivations for civilians. It is a page-turning read, excellently presented and illustrated in an eye-catching manner. Ibby Link

An easy, interesting read that's helped by the visual presentation of the information. Children can get lost in the book, hardly realising how much they are reading - and learning. Junior Education

This account of one RAF man's war fits perfectly with imaginative illustrations, many of which are a collage of real war memorabilia. The glossary is a mini history in itself. A most attractive book which informs through both the story and the pictures. Carousel

About the Author

Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom have been writing and illustrating children's books together for over fifteen years. Specialising in fun, lively non-fiction picture books, they have perfected their unique approach, sharing the illustrations between them and mixing up words and pictures in all sorts of inventive and delightful ways. They have won numerous awards and their books are published internationally in over 15 languages.

Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders and have 4 sons.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 6


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

10th September 2009




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