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on 19 March 2002
This excellently written book by Micheal Foreman is a superb novel about the first World War.The main characters featured in this book are: Billy, Freddie, Will and Lacey.
I like this book because the illustrations are spectacular and it shows what life was like in the trenches and during the war.
I would recommend this book to people aged nine and up because it has some quite hard words but on the other hand it was easy to follow.This book is the winner of the smarties Grand prix award.
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on 11 November 2014
Beautiful book. Used to lead up to Remembrance assembly at school.
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on 18 April 2016
Every child should tead it ... Lovely book ... Lovely story.
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on 16 August 2014
Great book for 8-12 year olds studying WW1
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on 30 October 2014
An absolute must-read. Good value.
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on 8 March 2015
A moving book about ww1
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on 2 March 2015
my son loved the book
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on 19 March 2002
War Game starts in Suffolk with Freddie ,Will , Billy and Lacey having a game of football. Then it explains about Kaiser Bill and the trouble in Germany. The boys then decided to sign up for the war.It then tells you about the trenches.Then they were killed in the war.
I think this book should be for age group 9+ because it has some hard words in it and the writing is small.It also has quite a few people dying in it.
The part I liked most about the book was when the English and the Germans had a game of football.I enjoyed this because even though they were in the middle of war they made peace...
I rate this book 3-5 as I would not read it again.
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on 19 April 2002
Book Review: War Game
Puffin Books republished this novel by Michael Foreman in 1995. It was written in memory of the author’s young uncles who all died during the First World War. It was an excellent short story telling the tale of four young friends who join The Kings Royal Rifles and were sent to France to fight for their country.

However Michael Foreman tells the story from the boys’ point of view and shows how their adventure was certainly not a game, although he often brings their favourite game of football into his book.
The boys left expecting to see the world and to be home by Christmas although “Will wasn’t so sure.”
It wasn’t long before they found out what the war was really like. They saw “exhausted, ragged sitting in the mud,” and “wagons full of wounded soldiers on their way back to England.” The first time they were on sentry duty they discovered that the humps and bumps in the landscape were actually dead bodies. It was definitely not what they had been expecting.
The author uses Will’s thoughts to help the readers understand how the soldiers might have felt. Will dreamt of home and how the pigs in the byre lived in more comfort than the British army.
During the final attack, when the friends charged towards the German trenches, Will blocked out the terror by imagining they were all racing forward in a football game. When Freddie was hit he saw him ‘dive full-length, then curl up as if clutching a ball in the best goal keeping tradition.’
The book also shows how ridiculous war sometimes seemed to be to the soldiers. One day they were shooting each other, the next talking to each other, singing, playing football and cutting each other’s hair. This tells us that the soldiers didn’t fight because they wanted to but because they were forced to.
As well as looking at the horrors of war the story also includes a few humorous incidents. An example of this is when the soldiers were riding through France on a London bus and someone kept ringing the bell and shouting, “Next stop Piccadilly Circus!”
The book is also brilliantly illustrated with black and white drawings on nearly every page. It is easy and enjoyable to read and gives an honest picture of war. It really makes you think about what it would have been like in the trenches during the Great War.
I would definitely recommend this book to others so that they can also find out that war is certainly Not a GAME.
By James
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on 16 November 2014
wonderfully done
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