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Archie's War

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  18 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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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
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
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
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
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
Bonnie Gayle
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
Carlos Vallarino
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.
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
Denise Choate
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.
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.
Jessica Bennett
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.
Phil Mitchell
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
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.
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.

Used as a teaching resource. Very well put together and accessible for 10+ year olds.
I loved this book because it showed world war 1 from a young boys perspective
Great book. Well done. An interesting way to learn about WWI.
Really cute!
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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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