War Is Over by David Almond – illustrated by David Litchfield

  War Is Over by David Almond – illustrated by David Litchfield, Candlewick Press, 9781536209860, 2020, c2018

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Historical Fiction

What did you like about the book:  A timely short beautifully illustrated child’s view of war set during WWI 1918.  The main character, John, is surrounded by the war and doesn’t understand how a child can be at war.  His father is in the frontline trenches fighting while his mom works in the munitions factory and his teacher tells him that he is at war with enemy children in Germany.  John has a chance encounter with the German boy, Jan, sees how they are similar and a glimmer of peace on the horizon.

The illustrations were done in pen, ink, and watercolor.  They are dark and done in black and whites mainly.  Outstanding depiction of  the futility of war and a child’s fearful and hopeful view on war.   

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  A wonderful read aloud for introducing and discussing topic of WWI with upper elementary students 

Who should buy this book?  Upper elementary schools (grade 2-5) and public libraries 

Where would you shelve it ?  Historical Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, JC Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  June 20, 2020

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