Review: ARCHIE’S WAR: MY SCRAPBOOK OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918 by Marcia Williams

Savvy Verse & Wit read and reviewed Archie’s War: My Scrapbook of the First World War 1914-1918 by Marcia Williams for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

Unlike other scrapbooks that merely use memorabilia and newspaper articles, etc. to depict the time period and the events in the story, Williams has incorporated comics as a young boy would draw them, complete with images of his family in hilarious poses, slapping and biting of siblings, and other typical family events of the time period.  Even in spite of Archie’s jokes and comics, it is clear that the war has him rattled as adults talk about German residents as if they could be spies.

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Diary of an Eccentric read and reviewed the book as well.  Here’s a sample:

Archie’s scrapbook isn’t all fun and games, especially as his uncle Teddy and then his father join the fighting, his mother and sister join the workforce, and food grows increasingly scarce, and readers never forget that he’s a young boy coming of age during what was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.”  Alongside the newspaper clippings and historical tidbits, author Marcia Williams includes vibrant comics depicting the soldiers on the front and the changes back home, among the most sad being the treatment of Archie’s German neighbors in East London.

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  1. I love to know that inspite of the horrors of war, life is still life within a family.

  2. I really enjoyed this book. i think it was well done and great way to introduce kids to WWI

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