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War boy : a country childhood
Foreman, Michael, 1938-
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Arcade, 1990.

Physical Description:
92 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 x 27 cm
Reading Level:
1010 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.1 1.0 6746.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.5 5 Quiz: 17119 Guided reading level: NR.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PR6056.O675 Z47 1989 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Michael Foreman was born in Pakefield, Suffolk on March 21, 1938. At the age of fifteen, Foreman began to study art. His first children's book was published while he was still a student. He earned his M. A. from the Royal College of Art and since then, has written and/or illustrated many children's books.

After leaving art school Michael traveled all over the world making films and television commercials. He has also worked on magazines, book jackets, animated films, and TV ads. He even worked for the police, sketching criminals described by witnesses.

Foreman has won the Kate Greenaway Award twice, the Smarties Book Prize, The Kurt Maschler Award, the Children's Book Award, the Bologna Book Prize and the Francis William's Illustration Award twice.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Foreman, a much-lauded watercolor illustrator, has put together a book of reminiscence. Set in Suffolk during World War II, when Foreman was very young, the stories meander among small, intriguing details. Bomb shelters, local characters and sweetshop treats are remembered and enlivened with beautiful, evocative illustrations. Foreman's sketches and full-color watercolors are sprinkled across the wide format, while reproductions of airplane specifications and other period details keep this from looking like just another picture book. Similar to Roald Dahl's autobiographical Boy and Going Solo, the book combines pictures and quirky, sometimes dark memories in a not-strictly chronological fashion. Like Dahl's stories, however, Foreman's memoirs charm and amuse while giving a close and personal view of the war. Altogether, this is an unusual and enjoyable book whose audience, while nonspecific, spans age groups and interests. All ages. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-- A multilayered slice of life on the British home front during World War II from a man who grew up along the Suffolk coast only 90 miles from German airfields. Foreman's recollections are sharp and graphic, as he poignantly recalls the servicemen who crowded into his mother's shop, grateful for her welcoming cup of tea and a place to chat. He has vivid memories, too, of off-limits barricaded beaches, barrage balloons, attacks by German planes and V1s and V2s, and of the Yanks arriving. He also recalls many boyhood pleasures such as smoking weeds, listening to old men's tales, and stealing apples. The account is anecdotal, a series of unconnected episodes and not always in strict chronological order. It is somewhat reminiscent of the film ``Hope and Glory,'' John Boorman's recollections of growing up in war-torn London. Although the print is small, the book design is enticing. There are facsimiles of cigarette cards that provide gas mask procedures, diagrams of aircraft designs, and copies of evacuation notices, all of which add to the book's authenticity. And, of course, there are Foreman's numerous watercolors that depict stalwart young men preparing to defend their country and the townspeople who provide comfort and support. Skies blaze from fire bombs, but there are glimpses of homey pleasures as well. The book is not intended as a classroom resource; rather, it is a personal and moving memoir. --Phyllis G. Sidorsky, National Cathedral School, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.