|War is over|
Author: Almond, David
It's 1918, and John's father is fighting in the trenches. One day John has an impossible moment: a dreamlike meeting with a German boy that gives him a glimpse of a better world.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.10
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 508345
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/06/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2020 In 1918, England is at war. Young John, whose father is fighting in the trenches in France and whose mother works at the local munitions factory, cannot remember a time without hostilities and can barely recall his father's face. When his class takes a field trip to the armaments factory, John faints; later, he has a dreamlike encounter with a German boy named Jan and imagines a world where peace reigns. Almond's sparse and deceptively simple prose offers much food for thought. His descriptions of shells and shrapnel (meticulously depicted in black-and-white drawings) are chilling, as are the war games that John's classmates play in the nearby woods. Litchfield's art makes good use of positive and negative space that helps to focus attention on particular objects (such as doves that turn into bombs), as well as convey mood through the use of light and dark. Together with Almond's text, the drawings help to illuminate children's feelings about conflict and should spark conversations about war and peace. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.