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War is over / David Almond ; illustrated by David Litchfield.

Almond, David, 1951- (author.). Litchfield, David, (illustrator.).

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781536209860
  • ISBN: 1536209864
  • Physical Description: 117 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2020.

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Summary, etc.:
"It's 1918, and war is everywhere. John's father is fighting in the trenches far away in France, while his mother works in a menacing munitions factory just along the road. His teacher says that John is fighting, too, that he is at war with enemy children in Germany. One day, in the wild woods outside town, John has an impossible moment: a dreamlike meeting with a German boy named Jan. John catches a glimpse of a better world, in which children like Jan and himself can one day scatter the seeds of peace"--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #2
    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. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

David Almond is the acclaimed author of many award-winning novels for children, including Skellig, The Tightrope Walkers, and The Tale of Angelino Brown. He has also collaborated with many celebrated artists, including Polly Dunbar, Dave McKean, and Oliver Jeffers, on fiction for younger readers. David Almond's books are beloved all over the world, and in 2011 he was the recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in England.

David Litchfield first started to draw when he was very young, creating comics for his older brother and sister. Since then his work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and books and on T-shirts. His first picture book, The Bear and the Piano, won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. He is the illustrator of When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel by G. Neri. He lives in England.

Subject: World War, 1914-1918 > Juvenile fiction.
Peace > Juvenile fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 > Fiction.
Peace > Fiction.

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