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Tail-End Charlie [Paperback]

Mick Manning , Brita Granström
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Book Description

10 Sep 2009
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.

It’s for Charlie’s grandchildren – and for everyone.

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

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Product details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (10 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847800750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847800756
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mick Manning has been writing and illustrating non-fiction picture books for twenty years, often sharing the illustration with his partner, the illustrator Brita Granström. Their book awards include: The Smarties Silver Award and The English Association Award (which they have won four times: 2000, 2005, 2008 and most recently in 2011 with Taff in the WAAF, the follow-up to their much loved Tail-End Charlie.) They have been nominated for the ALMA prize in both 2013 and 2014 and their most recent books include: The Beatles, Charlie's War Illustrated and Secrets of Stonehenge.

'Mick Manning and Brita Granström's approach to non-fiction for younger children has revolutionised our bookshelves.' The Scotsman

Visit their new website at www.mickandbrita.com
... and like their Beatles page at https://www.facebook.com/Beatlesbymickandbrita

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True courage colours the tail-gunners story. (Times )

For real life adventurers, there is Mick Manning's TAIL END CHARLIE. Brilliantly illustrated by Brita Branström, 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 grew up in Haworth, West Yorkshire and studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his partner Brita Granström.Their distinctive books have won many awards. Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders and have 4 sons. Their other books with Frances Lincoln include the critically acclaimed Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, Pharaoh's Egypt, Viking Longship, Greek Hero, Tail-End Charlie and What Mr Darwin Saw. Both Roman Fort and Viking Longship were shortlisted for the English Association 4-11 Awards and Greek Hero won in 2008. Snap! is the follow-up to Yuck! which was a regional winner of the Highland Book Awards 2006. Recently Mick and Brita donated the entire body of work created for their book Fly on the Wall: Greek Heroto Seven Stories, the centre for children's books

To visit the website of Mick Manning and Brita Granström click here

To read an interview with Mick Manning and Brita Granström click here

Brita Granström grew up on a Swedish farm and has an MFA in Fine Art from Konstfack, Stockholm. She and Mick Manning live in the Scottish Borders have four sons. Their first book together, The World is Full of Babies won the Smarties Silver Award in 1996 and their second book, What's Under the Bed? took the TES Junior Information Book Award in 1997. Yum Yum and How Did I Begin? were 2 of the 6 children's books shortlisted for the Rhone Poulene Prize in 1998. Science School made the shortlist in the following year. In 2000, Wash, Scrub, Brush! won the English Association's non-fiction award for the best picture book, with Let's Party making the shortlist in 2001. Brita won both Parenting Magazine's Book of the Year and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2000 with her illustrations for Judy Hindley's Eyes, Nose, Fingers, Toes.

To visit the website of Brita Granström and Mick Manning click here

To read an interview with Mick Manning and Brita Granström click here<

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracker of a book, WW2 Adventures, fantastic 5 Dec 2008
Tail-End Charlie is a book about the author's fathers experiences as an airgunner in the RAF. That makes it sound dry, trust me it isn't. Mick Manning brings his father's daring exploits during bombing raids over Nazi positions in the Netherlands to life, but for me, it is the detail of the day to day wartime existence which is endlessly fascinating.

The illustrations are beautiful and detailed (reminding me of Raymond Briggs in style)and really add to the drama of the stories which are presented in a comic book/graphic novel way making them attractive and accessible to reluctant readers.

I bought a copy for my son for Christmas, this is a picture book perfectly suited to chapter book readers and think I will be ordering more for presents. As an added bonus Tail-End Charlie dovetails with the National Curriculum and Second World War studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super story 26 Feb 2013
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A good story with good pictures. Very suitable for my class as they learn about WWII. Recommended for school and home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tail-End Charlie 4 Feb 2012
This is a great book. My 7 year old loved it, as did I. We have both used it in school, and found it to be easily accessible, have great information, that my class in particular responded well to. The illustrations are fab.I would recommend other titles by Mick and Brita.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 29 Mar 2014
By AlexC
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A perfect book for teaching little ones about the war. Gorgeous illustrations too. We loved it and my reluctant reader treasures it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WW2 25 Jan 2014
By rebecca
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A good book but compared to other factual books this wasn't the best in terms of content. However, it has lovely illustrations and is possibly one to engage boys in their reading.
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