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As a boy, Mick Manning listened in awe to his father’s hair-raising tales about life as an RAF airgunner during the Second World War. Now, years later, he has recreated his father's stories, writing them down as if his dad were speaking the words. These stories tell of the human confict behind the war's headlines, capturing what it’s like to undergo rigorous RAF training, ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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Read for Veteran's Day, 2015. A sweet tale of by Manning and his wife Brita Granstrom based on stories his Dad told him of his service in WWII, which for him proved ultimately lucky in a few ways. The stories and the art are well done. Feels both personal and informative and not overly sentimental.
I found only one reason to like this book - it teaches kids various terminology of WWII, but that's all. It portrays war in an unrealistic light. The book was too carefree and happy for a war story, I know it's for kids but you can be real about war in a kids book without scaring them. This is the quote the book ends with, "My war ended with peace and love - and that's how all war should end." Give me a break.
Author’s account of his father’s time as a British tail gunner during WW II. Told in scrapbook form with very good illustrations. Upbeat, but not fatuous in dealing with the day-to-day life of a tail gunner including good things but also the deaths of friends and co-workers. Probably better for older 4th and up.
Manning went to school in Keighley and then studied at at Bradford College. He studied illustration and graphic design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now the University of Northumbria) 1979 - 82 and then illustration and animation at the Royal College of Art London 1984-87 . Later he devised and ran the BA honours Illustration option at the Glasgow School of Art while maintaining a freelance career. In ...moreMore about Mick Manning...