Billy the Kid Paperback – Illustrated, 5 Jan 2009
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'a thrilling and moving story about a Chelsea footballer who gets caught up in the ravages of the Second World War, with the focus on the Beautiful Game as a common bond that can link nations and generations.’ Foreman's shimmering watercolours and line, so agile and expressive, are a perfect match for Morpurgo's assured and memorable narrative. This is a book that will be treasured by any child or teacher learning about the Second World War.' TES
'It's wonderful!' Kate Agnew
'Michael Morpurgo, whose command of his material is absolute, told with all the author's open-hearted clarity, and richly illustrated by Michael Foreman.'
'A story that combines football and war. It is a lot like an afternoon at Stamford Bridge, and ideal for football fans aged eight and over.' Daily Telegraph 'If you just love good stories, stunning pictures and beautiful books, you'll want this book for your own.' Young Writer.
From the Back Cover
`I was faster than all the kids twice my age and somehow I could always make a football d whatever I wanted it to. It just came easy to me, I don't know why, but it did.'
The only thing Billy every wanted to do was to play for Chelsea. His dream came true when he was picked for the team - but that was 1939, and the Second World War began, and then Billy's life. Like everyone else's, was changed for ever.
Billy's no kid now - he's eighty today. But he's got memories, such memories...See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Michael Morpurgo is excellent at developing imperfect adult characters - just like the adults in real children's lives, and I've seen how it helps them make sense of the world around them. We also saw him at the Hay Festival this year - he was wonderfully entertaining for both adults and children and again opened my sons' eyes to a whole new world..... I would recommend this book very highly, but be prepared that the subject matter is not easy.
The main characters brother dying in the war
Italians who harboured the main character put up against a wall and shot at point blank range (together with an illustration of the shooting just in case the full horror hadnt sunk in)
Description of dying and dead people at a concentration camp
Main characters entire family being killed by a bomb falling on their house
Main character becoming an alcoholic
Really dont think this is suitable for primary age kids.
It is superbly written, in an almost non fictional sense, and I did shed a tear towards the end!
Definitely one to be recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son, nine years old, choose this book from the School library as there he liked the soccer player on the title. He returned it after reading 70 pages and was seriously shocked. Read morePublished 9 months ago by southeaster
BOUGHT FOR MY EIGHT YEAR OLD, FOOTBALL CRAZY, GRANDSON BUT, AS IT CONTAINS DETAILS ABOUT WAR, IT IS BEING KEPT FOR WHEN HE IS OLDER.Published 9 months ago by DJH
The book I received is not the same front cover as shown but the 'adult' version!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
My son really enjoyed this book read it in two hours he could not put it down I'm looking forward reading it my selfPublished 13 months ago by mira
If you love football/army it is your book
The Michael morpurgo book is so so cool
THE BEST BOOK EVER I'M 10 AND I LOVE IT IT IS BRILLIANT A MUST BUY!!!!!And There Are Millions Of Others Too!Published 16 months ago by JOE SMITH