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Archie's War

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Marcia Williams captures the Great War through a child’s eyes with a fascinating fictional scrapbook including real mementos of the day.

Meet ten-year-old Archie, his family, and best friend in a scrapbook Archie has made himself, full of comic strips and plenty of other memorabilia. The year is 1914, and as the Great War begins, Archie’s scrapbook reflects the war’s impact
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published November 13th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published November 5th 2007)
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May 30, 2012 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Archie’s War: My Scrapbook of the First World War 1914-1918 by Marcia Williams is the story of ten-year-old Archie Albright, who receives a scrapbook from his uncle Colin. Archie is a boy living in East London, England, who’s in love with drawing and comics, and he’s a got a best friend named Tom and a dog named Georgie. In the book he explains a little bit about his family, particularly his 16-year-old sister’s interest in voting. Once talk about Austria declaring war on Serbia begins, Archie’s ...more
May 30, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 bei ...more
LH Johnson
Apr 24, 2014 LH Johnson rated it really liked it
I've been planning to review more non-fiction on the blog for a while. A lot of it stems from inspiration provided by conversations with my peers both on and off, and the slightly uncomfortable awareness that non-fiction is something I very, rarely cover.

A lot of that stems from my own personal experience with these books. I've always read, and I've always read fast. There simply wasn't enough space in the average non-fiction book to hook me. And then with the advent of the internet (ha, I sound
Jul 11, 2009 carrietracy rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
I'm not really sure what audience this book is intended for. It would be far too difficult for an elementary school student to understand and I'm not sure if the picture book/comic elements would appeal to middle school or high school students unless reading for an assignment. The book is written from the perspective of a British boy during WWI, and as such contains many words that would be unknown to American children and the overall vocabulary level is quite high. A tiny glossary sheet in the ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
What a marvelous experience to read (and pretend) is this scrapbook of a ten year old boy in London, right before World War I begins, and through the war. It is filled with comic drawings and loads of ephemera that the fictional character Archie has collected. So much of these teach us about the war, tidbit at a time! There are two funny characters that follow along in some of the pages, ripped out news clippings, photos, and most pleasurable of all, letters from the front that one can actually ...more
The book starts just before WWI, and goes, diary style, right up to Armistace day, and details what is going on in Archie's life and also the world around him. Archie is a boy who lives in London and loves drawing comics. His input on the war is believable and makes the war understandable to young readers. The pages are busy with comics, letters, facts, and other doo-dads. Overall it's a nice book, except I felt that, since there is a lot of dated British vernacular used, the translations should ...more
Daniel Smith
Oct 29, 2015 Daniel Smith rated it liked it
Shelves: ks2, ks1, non-fiction
This is a Scrapbook created by a young child during the events of the First World War in London and describes his experiences through words and pictures. Within the book itself, the actual layout is set out like a traditional scrapbook / comic strip with a large amount of pictures and captions to go along with it. Just from quick looking through the pages, I can tell this is a user friendly book and can be used by all ages because of uses of humour alongside emotional difficulties.

After finishin
Sep 23, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is written like a scrap book about the First World War by a boy called Archie Albright aged 10 years. It is bright and colourful and has lots of different formats, ie: letters, flaps, postcards and letters. The pictures consist of black and white photos, newspaper articles, cartoons and sketches. There are lots of small pieces of information and pictures on each page which I believe would hold a childs interest. War is often used in class as a topic and therefore this book would be a g ...more
Feb 01, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully done facsimile of a scrapbook that might have been compiled and created by a British child during WWI. It manages to get across the sense of the 1914-1918 homefront world, the characters of the boy and his family, the sadness, loss, and terror of the war, without going too far for its intended middle school audience. The humor is appropriately middle school boy, and the author doesn't shy away from the racism he expresses towards his former friend who is German. I don't kno ...more
Tom Romig
Apr 03, 2015 Tom Romig rated it really liked it
Marcia Williams chose a clever and highly engaging approach to bringing students an understanding of the First World War. Ten years old at the war's start in 1914, East Ender Archie Albright begins a scrapbook that stretches to the armistice. Photos, clippings, artifacts, drawings, letters, and more are woven together with Archie's take on events as a child whose father is in arms and whose family endures rationing, bombing, and uncertainty. Well executed.
Denise Choate
Dec 16, 2009 Denise Choate rated it really liked it
2009 Informational
Archie’s War was difficult for me to get through because this really isn’t the sort of information that I usually seek out to read for enjoyment, however it was more than just another war story or was book. Instead of being a book like that it is a person’s actual journal and illustrations in it. That’s what it is suppose to look like at least. It was very well illustrated and made me want to venture into more of this sort of information.
Jessica Bennett
Dec 03, 2013 Jessica Bennett rated it liked it
This book is packed full of stuff. It is uniquely set up. It has several fold outs. I like that it is in the style of a young boys comic book. While this is also an interesting story it provides facts about the war as well. I thought that it was a bit confusing and I read the book several times before I had read and seen everything the book had to offer.
Kerstin Macdonald
this book didn't have me personally captured and motivated to want to read it, but I know there'll be a few children in my future classes who'd love something like this. great for integrating history and literacy parts of the curriculum.
Jan 03, 2009 Sandy rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun yet interesting book about World War 1. Not especially good if you are looking for details but it you are looking for something to peak interest and /or act as a springboard it is really engaging.

Alice Chandler
Lovely book, suitable and interesting for all. Informative however not remotely dull or lacking in excitement. Potential to be great for units of work, group and independent reading and reading for pleasure.
Carlos Vallarino
Jun 21, 2014 Carlos Vallarino rated it it was amazing
Exceptional give one a view of how life was in the UK in those perilous times and it totally British their approach to the situation.
Mar 05, 2013 Jasmin rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it showed world war 1 from a young boys perspective
Sep 09, 2012 Sabrina rated it liked it
Shelves: history, j-fic
Really cute!
Camille Tesch
Sep 26, 2016 Camille Tesch marked it as to-read
Ages 10-12
Jan 20, 2015 erica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit, 2015
one child's view of the great war (ww1) in london told in diary journal form. very interesting!
Becky Cross
Nov 26, 2016 Becky Cross rated it really liked it
This is my second Historical Fiction review.
I selected this book because it was on a recommended list from the Skokie Public Library for grades 3-4.
Archie's War: My Scrapbook of the First World War 1914-1918 tells the story of the First World War through the eyes of 10 year old Archie who lives in England. It is in a "scrapbook" format, which I loved! There are flaps to lift and letters to read while the main body of the text is told in a comic book format. A timeline marches across the bottom
Jul 08, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I spent lots of time with this book this afternoon--over an hour! This is a terrific example of historical fiction in picture book form done right.

Archie is a boy in London during WWI who keeps a comic journal. The book neevr gets too heavy handed but offers lots of insight to how people acted and reacted during the war.

I am curious as to whether this author has done any other books like this about other times in history and will check it out.
Phil Mitchell
Dec 12, 2009 Phil Mitchell rated it liked it
Tons and tons of information in this book. There is more than just a story and it makes you feel like you actually are looking into someones real journal. The illustrations look like crayon and are done so well to where its hard to believe a kid did it. That's the only issue here. I'd take a look at if I was you.
Lisa Bricker
Jun 21, 2013 Lisa Bricker rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-fiction
The format is the star of this book, or rather scrapbook. Because there are things to fold out or pull out of envelopes, images in the "background" that are in fact family photos or the like. And it personalizes the whole story, draws you in.
Jenna Mills
Apr 25, 2015 Jenna Mills rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
None of the kids in my class seem to be interested in this book, but I think it's superb. I love the illustrations and scrapbook approach. Will definitely help me to give them key pointers with their WW1 letter writing from a child to their dad on the front.
Victoria rated it really liked it
Sep 23, 2015
Aug 04, 2009 Greta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Great book. Well done. An interesting way to learn about WWI.
Jan 02, 2013 Doug rated it liked it
Used as a teaching resource. Very well put together and accessible for 10+ year olds.
Beth Rimell
Beth Rimell rated it really liked it
Nov 03, 2015
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Marcia Williams began to develop her distinctive comic-book style at an early age: "When I was about ten and wrote home to my family from boarding school," she says, "I never wrote normal letters. I tried to tell my family about what I was doing in a way that was more fun. Also, my parents didn't let me read comic books, so I decided to create my own."

This former nursery school teacher blends her
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