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In 1914, four British boys dream of competing for the national soccer team, but join the English infantry instead. On Christmas day, after months of fighting, war becomes a game when German and British soldiers break all the rules to play soccer and exchange presents..
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Published April 1st 1994 by Arcade Publishing (first published January 1st 1993)
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Matti Karjalainen
Lastenkirjakuvittajan parhaiten tutuksi tulleen Michael Foremanin kuvakirja "War Game" (Pavilion, 2014) ilmestyi ensimmäistä kertaa jo useampi vuosikymmen sitten, mutta ensimmäisen maailmansodan satavuotismuisteloiden vuoksi siitä on otettu nyt uusi painos. Ja ihan syystä, sillä kyseessä on pienimuotoinen mestariteos, joka toimii myös pienimuotoisena matkana Euroopan historiaan: vesivärikuvitusta tukevat autenttiset lehtileikkeet, propagandajulisteet ja muu aikalaismateriaali.

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Brenda Coughlan
War Game by Michael Foreman depicts the spontaneous truce that took place on Christmas Day, 1914 on the Western front during the Great War. This beautifully illustrated book begins with 4 young boys playing soccer in Suffolk. They are craving some adventure, an opportunity to travel and so decide to join the fight with the assumption they will be home before Christmas. The author beautifully portrays the innocence of these young boys on their first London bus driving across the French countrysid...more
Steve Rogers
War Game By Michael Foreman

War Game chronicles the story of four friends, from the football pitch in Suffolk to the trenches of the Western front. Young and impressionable; Will, Lacey, Billy and Freddy join the army excited by the prospect of adventure in a foreign land. This is a moving story and a painful reminder of the heroism of the young soldiers who fought and died in First World War. It is also a wonderfully human piece about the sense of sympathy that grew between the two opposing for...more
Donnell
Poignant. And even more so given that the author had four uncles (apparently two brothers of his father and two brothers of his mother) die due to the Great War; one was 18, two were 20 and one was 24.
Becky
Feb 23, 2010 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 4th grade and up
The cheery watercolors of this book belie the grim topic and ending, even though there is a Christmas truce in the middle (also subject of the new book Truce, whose review by Elizabeth Bird led me to this one). This longer picture book for older elementary does a good job of presenting the gritty realities of life in the WWI trenches without preaching. The propaganda posters and photos are included with no explanation and are quite chilling ("Even a dog enlists. Why not you?" etc).

"Freddie, bein...more
SISlibrary
War Game is a fiction text that follows three young Britain youth as they embark on the adventure of war. Told through the eyes of one of these young men, War Game provides an historical fiction account of life in the trenches during World War I. The grueling monotony of trench life is broken for a brief period as both sides celebrate Christmas day with a friendly game of football (soccer). Unfortunately the realities of war take the men back to their respective trenches and the fighting ensues....more
Connie
"War Game" is the children's version with pictures of "Silent Night: The Remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914" by Stanley Weintraub. It tells how four British boys decide to sign up to go to war, their expectations, the realities of life on the battlefield, and the sacrifice of death. To the alarm and frustration of the officers, these boys with their fellow soldiers and German "enemies" find sanity and friendship in the celebration of Christmas.
Laura
A short, illustrated small story telling the story of the infamous football game shared between British and German troops on Christmas Day during the first year of the First World War. It sensitively deals with the horrors of the Great War, from the view of young boys. Perfect as an introduction to the First World War for small children.
Lyn
What a beautiful and moving story set in the trenches of WW1. Extraordinary watercolour illustrations add to the pathos, bravery, cameraderie, humour and tragedy of the tale. Highly recommended for both children and adults.
Douglas Graney
A grim topic for a children's book but then again a lot of fairy tales would fall into the "grim" category. If you have a kid that has an interest in WW I and/or soccer this could be a nice gift.
Jenna Mills
A beautiful moving book. This really helped the kids in my class to have an insight into ww1 as well as the find out about the famous Xmas day football match.
Heather
Less fictionalized than 'Christmas in the Trenches', and contains more of the atrocities in juxtoposition to the truce.
Camden
Gotta love a book that summarizes an entire conflict in two sentences.
Michael
a ten minute read,but a moving and thoughtful one.
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Michael has worked on magazines, book jackets, animated films, TV adverts, and even for the police, sketching criminals described by witnesses. As well as illustrating many of his own books, Michael has illustrated over a hundred books for authors such as Shakespeare, J. M. Barrie, the Brothers Grimm, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde. Michael has travelled widely - to Africa, Japan, the Arctic Circ...more
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