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Archie's War

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  239 ratings  ·  59 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 22, 2012 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 28, 2012 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
Sarah Gerard
This is the book in the format of a scrapbook which is created by a 10 year old boy who is living through World War 1. It is extremely interactive and engaging for children with flaps that they can pull up, letters they can get out of the envelope and read, as well as captions and lots of pictures, almost in the style of a comic strip. It's a really interesting non- fiction book, which I think would be really good for children of a primary school age because it teaches them about history whilst ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-5, year-4, year-6
- Mix between factual and interesting, interaction
- Doesn’t feel like factual as it is through a fun story/ scrapbook
- Very interactive
- Keeps focus
Daisy May Johnson
Apr 24, 2014 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 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 13, 2014 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 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ks1, non-fiction, ks2
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 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
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
An interesting and engaging story surrounding the life of the schoolboy Archie Albright, based at the time of the First World War. After Archie is given a scrapbook by his Uncle Colin, he writes from 1914 until the war ends in 1918. The reader will experience life at the time through the eyes of Archie and learn about how his world worked.

This book is effective in engaging the reader through pull out letters or flip out pictures. This ensured the reader maintained their interest in Archie’s sto
Feb 01, 2011 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
Denise Choate
Dec 16, 2009 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.
Tom Romig
Apr 02, 2015 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. ...more
Jessica Bennett
Dec 03, 2013 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.
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.

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. ...more
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.
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it showed world war 1 from a young boys perspective
Carlos Vallarino
Jun 21, 2014 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.
Jan 20, 2015 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! ...more
Camille Tesch
Sep 26, 2016 marked it as to-read
Ages 10-12
Eloise Battey
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Winner of the UKLA Book Award, Archie’s War is such an interesting take on a Non-Fiction book. The way in which it is laid out if so inventive and fun for the reader to experience. It is much set up like a fiction book however, it is full of so many amazing facts and informative text of that of World War 1. I sometimes find Non-Fiction texts to be quite daunting, especially for younger readers however this book is set out in such a way that is broken down into small, easy to handle, chunks.
It w
Caroline Holmes
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hooks children's interest from the start. A creative way to explore some of the themes in the First World War. The experience of war on the home front is presented through the eyes of a child as he creates a scrap book to document his thoughts and feelings. The varied media of drawings, letters and fold out cards will engage children. Some documents are amusing, whilst others are poignant which provides pupils with a context to explore both life in the East End in the early part of the century a ...more
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for children to learn about the war as there are short sentences, interactive parts of the book, such as pulling out letters that have been written and it is filled wit colour and lots of pictures. All important dates of the First World War are mentioned and important events such as when 'poisonous gas' was invented, or when the soldiers played football on Christmas Day in 1914. Also some historical photos are shown of Archie's family when they are going to war etc. It is a ...more
Faye Ulph
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed reading this comic style book. It could be used within class as an example of a different style of writing, first person and method. It also has lots of interesting facts from World War 1 about how life was really like for children and families within that time of history. I also like how there are letters for children to take out of envelopes and explore and real photos as well as postcards similar to the style of their time. Children could have a go at writing diary extracts or ...more
Lauren Drake
I love this book and will definitely be getting myself a copy of it for my own classroom.
It is both interactive and informative with makes it a great resource to have in the classroom, especially if teaching a topic about war. The book is laid out like a scrapbook made by a 10 year old boy living through war. This may make it more relatable to children as the boy is closer to their age - you could talk to children about how they might have felt if they experienced the things Archie did.
I would
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
The story is a real story from a 10 year old boy who is experiencing the war. He sets his work out like a comic strip and we learn how it feels to have people we live sent to the war and have them die in battle. We also learn about the attitudes of the germans, through Archies childhood games, as well as learn how it felt to really be hungry!
Courtney Bursnell
Archie’s scrapbook is a beautiful balance of information and fun, whilst approaching a important historical time from a children’s perspective. This would be a great book for discussion about World War One, and to think about what life would of been like for children back then for a primary class. It would also be a great class read with the interactive aspects of letters and fold-out flaps too.
Maryam Sabbar
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Archie’s War would be a great book to use for cross-curricular discussion and activities with a good insight into the First World War from a child’s perspective.
The book is interactive and engaging for children and would be a good example to use when writing letters and looking at comic strips and story boards.
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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."

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