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War Game: Village Green to No-Man's-Land [Paperback]

Michael Foreman
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23 Oct 2006
A special lavishly illustrated new edition of Michael Foreman's classic story. It's 1914 when everything changes for a group of bys growing up and playing football in the Suffolk countryside. Far away, in a place called Sarajevo, an Archduke has been killed and a web of global events results in a call for all British men to do their duty 'for King and Country' and join the army to fight the germans overseas. The boys sign up for what sounds like an adventure and a chance to see the world. After basic training the boys sail to France where they find themselves fighting on the front line. Living in the trenches in constant fear for their lives is nothing like they expected and only a bombed-out wasteland, no-man's-land, separates their trences from those of their German enemies. Then, on Christmas Day, something remarkable happens as the German and British armies stop fighting and meet in the middle of no-man's-land. The enemies talk, play football and become friends. But the war isn't over, the two sides resume fighting and the group of Suffolk lads are ordered to charge across no-man's-land...


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books; New Ed edition (23 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843650894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843650898
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 25.6 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Foreman's numerous books for children have earned him widespread recognition as one of the world's most celebrated illustrators. He has worked on a vast range of children's books, and has collaborated with many great authors including Michael Morpurgo and Terry Jones. He also writes and illustrates his own books, including 'War Boy' and 'War Game' - winners of the Kate Greenaway Award and Smarties Book Prize respectively - and 'After the War was Over'. Michael has also illustrated many classic children's books including 'Treasure Island', 'Peter Pan and Wendy', 'The Wind in the Willows' and 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.




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"'An unforgettable experience.' The Guardian"

About the Author

Michael Foreman's numerous books for children have earned him widespread recognition as one of the world's leading illustrators. He has regularly collaborated with Terry Jones, Michael Morpurgo and others while several of his own books are also considered modern classics. Titles include War Boy, War Game, Terry Jones's Erik the Viking and Animal Tales, Michael Morpurgo's Farm Boy and many more.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A descriptive summary 19 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
War Game
By Michael Foreman
Join four young Suffolk boys as they experience the truth about war! Will, Freddy, Lacey and Billy think of war as a game and a way to earn honour, will they learn the truth before it is too late?…
Take a realistic adventure with the boys as they discover the truth about WAR and life in the trenches.
In memory of Michael Foreman’s uncles this is a five star 10/10 book with an unforgettable story line, brilliant illustrations and amazing facts, an award winning book by an award winning author,
*****
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read 12 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
War Game
War Game, by Michael Foreman, is an adventure story about four boys called Billy, Freddie, Lacey and Will. It explains how the boys joined the army and went to fight in World War One. The book describes the boy's different emotions. When they went to enlist, they felt proud because people were cheering them on and they thought they were going on an adventure. The writer tells of the boys through the war and describes how bad the conditions were in the war. The ending ends in a tragedy...
I thought the book was interesting because it tells you about the characters emotions and it's also got some factual next to the illustrations.
I think the actual storyline is very good because it tells you what the war would have been like. The writer has a clever way of describing the war and it shows that people lost their lives, many of them were young... I think it is good that the book is in memory of the writer's uncles who died in the war. It's always thoughtful that so many people died in the war for our country and us.
By Ella.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking interesting book. 12 Mar 2002
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Format:Paperback
War Game
Will is happy to be with his friends of who are dear to him. When there's a big decision to be made Will, will be cautious. He must be brave especially to join the army.
Billy is brave and courageous and adventurous. He is in good company with Freddy, Will and Lacey. He is more adventurous and daring than the rest of his friends.
Lacey is a very proud boy because he is the eldest and because he has to look after Billy. He looks down to his friends although he is friendly to Will, Billy and Freddie. I think he is unsure about going to war because he knows the consequences but still he would go to war because he has to look after Billy.
Freddie is unsure about going to war or any hardship as such. He would go to war though because he wouldn't let his friends go off to war without him. He is quite brave and courageous, well enough to go to war.
Settings
The settings go from the sweet smelling, quiet, beautiful countryside to the horrific, dirty, smelly, chaotic trenches.
Events and happenings
Firstly Will, Billy, Freddie and Lacey were motivated by applause up the stage to show that they were going to war. They were excited about war when they travelled on the boat to France and when they travelled through the fields of France, but as they progressed towards the battlefield they constantly grew cautious. When they finally got to the trenches they were soon taken to the front line. They were shooting for long periods of time. They then became friends with the front line of Germans and played football with the friendly Germans. Then new more fierce Germans were put on the frontline in exchange for the old ones. Freddie kicked the ball into no-mans land and then all of them ran in there usual formations at the Germans but were gunned down.
It was a fairly good book because I like books about war and it held my interest all the way through.
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Format:Paperback
War Game is about four boys who went to join up for the First World War.Their names are Billy, Freddie,Lacey and Will.
One day they went to sign up for the World War to Honour their Country. They were disappointed when the went to training camp because they did not get training clothes they had to do it in what the were wearing. When they moved from England to France they walked through the town and got lots and lots of cheers! They were very proud! As they went through a town in France (in a windowless bus with little holes you could peep through) That was already blown to bits, Freddie thought it looked just like fireworks! When they got to the discusting, muddy trenches Will and Freddie were first to be posted as sentries. By the time it was dinner they all felt like not having any dinner because they had to eat rats, slugs (YUK) beatles and rock, hard biscuits. They all thought war would be over by Christmas but it wasn't. On Christmas Eve the Germans and English kept singing songs to each other. On Christmas day they had a nice cooked breakfast and after that a sudden but very exciting game of football happened. Then straight after that blackness fell and the was over.
I think this is a great book and I definitely would read it again.I would give it FIVE out of FIVE. The plot is just great. I would recommend this to eight years and over. My best part was when the Germans and the English had a game of football. I thought there is no negative parts in this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking story! 19 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
War Game Review.
When I read War Game, it made me realise what a terrible war the First World War was. The soldiers had to put up with awful conditions, such as the trenches were soggy, disgusting places to hide. It was sad to see the villagers bombed and their homes destroyed.
I thought that the pictures were very detailed and helped you to understand more about the war. The use of posters made the book more interesting.
The description was very good because of the effective use of vocabulary and the book also helps teach you more about the First World War.
Finally, War Game makes you realise how shocking the First World War was.
By Lisa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for 8-12 year olds studying WW1
Published 16 days ago by hazel lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book
Very well illustrated book. A story that needs to be told and in the right way for children aged 8/9/10yrs. A book to keep.
Published 3 months ago by ChristineBut
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a well written story.
This is a really good story to help children visualise what it might have been like in the 1st World War in the trenches. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gabriela4b
5.0 out of 5 stars War Game: Village Green to No-Man's-Land
What a beautiful book. I bought this as a gift for my son's friend, who loves anything to do with WW1. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Memorable
This book is as unforgettable and haunting as the final scene of the last episode of 'Blackadder Goes Forth'. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Book Beaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations, moving tale.
Poignant children's novel set during the first months of WW1. Beautifully illustrated in colour. My class enjoyed reading this story especially as it referred to the Christmas Day... Read more
Published 21 months ago by CG
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Memories!
I was nine when this book came out nearly 20 years ago. We had it read to us in class and I got a copy for Christmas. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Travelling Student
5.0 out of 5 stars This is so Moving
As a teacher I wanted this book to do some work with our KS2 children on Remembrance Day. I knew this story vaguely and someone recommended the book. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by Diane100
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK!!
We found the book War Game absolutely amazing. Michael Foreman is a genius writer.
The book is about four teenage boys who after a game of football on the village green decide... Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2010 by Lyns1456
5.0 out of 5 stars The Poetry is in the Pity
If anything ever displays war as the tragedy it is,this true story of the First World War shows it above all others. Read more
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