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Archie's War

Written by Marcia Williams

Illustrated by Marcia Williams

Archie's War Synopsis

A funny and moving story of life during the First World War, told through the eyes of schoolboy Archie Albright. When 10-year-old Archie Albright is given a scrapbook for his birthday in April 1914, he thinks he'll fill it with comics, souveniers and funny stories about his family. But then, on 3 August 1914, war breaks out, and his life changes for ever. Archie tells the story of the First World War from his point of view, filling his scrapbook with anecdotes about life in London's East End, newspaper clippings, letters from his dad and uncle who are fighting in France, and his own war-inspired comic strips. Archie's War is funny, touching and accessible, and gives a unique insight into what life was life for a child during the First World War.

Archie's War Press Reviews

Inventive and ingenious * Little London * Innovative artwork. . . .made very real the impact of war on the home front * The School Librarian * Packed with detail and presented in a lively and colourful way, with things to unfold and open. Don't be deceived by this cheerful approach; it is also one of the frankest accounts for this age range * Carousel * Portraying war through the eyes of a child in such a graphic way is superb for giving children a real insight into the effects of was on ordinary live . . . full of emotion and the presentation is an exciting way to engage and stimulate children; the highly visual presentation is really powerful and there is plenty to keep adults interested too. As a classroom resource, it will be brilliant - just imagine the way it can inspire displays! * Parents in Touch * This wonderful large-format picture/novelty book tells you almost everything you need to know about the war. Archie is 10 years old in 1914, and this is scrap book of what happens to him and his family and neighbours over the next four years. It's packed with drawings and letters and fold-out cards and terribly sad stories. Not to be missed -- Tony Bradman * The Guardian * A funny, touching and unique insight into life for a child during the war * International Express * A captivating read . . . gives a real flavour of the times . . . it is beautifully presented with something for all ages and abilities to enjoy - it really is a joy to read * Primary Times (North Yorkshire) and (West London) * Packed with detail and presented in a lively and colourful way * Carousel * Archie's War tells the story of the First World War from the viewpoint of Archie Albright, 10. Packed with comic strips, clippings and letters from his father and uncle who are fighting in France, this is a funny, touching and unique insight into life for a child during the war * Sunday Express * There is so much detail shown here and a fabulous variety of artefacts are depicted in the packed pages. As well as learning about the War, we learn so much about what life was like in the East End. The book is full of emotion and the presentation is an exciting way to engage and stimulate children; the highly visual presentation is really powerful and there is plenty to keep adults interested too. As a classroom resource, it will be brilliant - just imagine the way it can inspire displays! * Parents in Touch * A beautiful treasure trove of facts about the Great War presented in a scrapbook style * The School Run * enormous appeal * Books For Keeps *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406352689
Publication date: 1st March 2014
Author: Marcia Williams
Illustrator: Marcia Williams
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 48 pages

About Marcia Williams

Marcia Williams has illustrated and retold many literary classics for children with her distinctive cartoon-strip style. Among her highly acclaimed titles are: Lizzy Bennet's Diary (9780763670306) Greek Myths (9781406303476), Mr William Shakespeare's Plays (9780744569469), God and His Creations: Tales from the Old Testament (9781844285280) and Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens Stories (9781406305630), and My Secret War Diary by Flossie Albright (9781406309409), a diary-style account of the Second World War, by Archie Albright's daughter Flossie. Marcia lives in London, SW13.

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