The Great War by David Almond

The Great War

An anthology of stories inspired by objects from the First World War. It is a collection of stories by bestselling authors, each inspired by a different object from the First World War. Each object illuminates an aspect of life during the war, and each story reminds us of the millions of individual lives that were changed forever by the fighting.

Details The Great War

TitleThe Great War
Release DateApr 14th, 2015
PublisherCandlewick Press
Number of pages304 pages
GenreShort Stories, Historical Fiction, War, Historical, Young Adult, World War I, Childrens

Reviews The Great War

  • Panda Incognito
    The graphic design is splendid, the layout is appealing, and the concept of writing stories inspired by WWI artifacts is fascinating, but like with any short story collection, the stories themselves are hit-or-miss. Some are moving and well-written, but others seem like self-indulgent tripe from an author in love with their own writing voice. The writing style is sometimes rambling and incoherent, and I best liked the stories where I could get ab...
  • Hannah Ward
    Usually I only read short stories for my English class at school. I feel like short stories never are able to get the full story with the few pages they are allotted. But I actually thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I must admit that I thought some short stories were better than others, but at the same time each story kept me interested and wanting to read more. This is the first short story anthology that I've ever read completely. Usually I skip s...
  • Vanessa
    Great concept of explaining something about WWI through items. Learned through the stories and the descriptions of the items. Read 4 hours for summer reading program
  • Edward Sullivan
    A collection of short stories inspired by World War I artifacts from the Imperial War Museum.
  • Mary Louise Sanchez
    Eleven authors connect objects from WWI and make a story about them.
  • KyleW
    This book called The Great War for me was a quite inquisitive novel. It is a collection of fictional stories written under the setting of either during the war or after. Each of the stories reflect on how WW1 effected both people involved and the families that those people belonged to. Throughout the book all of the authors use extremely descriptive language that absolutely brings the book to life. Also in the beginning of each chapter there are ...
  • Kathleen
    The Great War, contrary to its call number in my local library, is not nonfiction, but is in fact a series of short stories inspired by objects dating from World War I. There's things like a helmet, a zeppelin bomb nose cone, a soldier's writing kit, Princess Mary's Christmas gift to the soldiers, et cetera. And, like any short story collection, there are hits and there are misses. For example, the story based off the Christmas gift is really exc...
  • Andrew
    The Great War is a book with multiple stories inspired by items from the First World War i'm going to try to review this without trying to give spoilers ok now I got that over with let's start the review. First off the illustration is amazing and it's by Jim Kay who makes illustrations in other books. (Ex. Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets.) their really well done pictures. The authors of these stories are Michael Morpurgo for Our Jacko and...
  • Barbara
    Eleven authors draw inspiration from eleven different objects to craft different stories connected to WWI. The objects range from some expected ones such as a helmet or a medal to more surprising ones such as sheet music, a writing case or a toy soldier. Since there is brief information about each object provided in the back matter, readers have a chance to learn a little bit more about each of the objects, most of them part of the Imperial War M...
  • Rebecca
    Eleven stories by mostly well-known YA writers inspired by objects from WWI, including a soldier toy, helmet, gift box, butter dish, medal, zeppelin nose, and more. Most stories are from a child's or teen's perspective, and explore small stories about the war that affected so many people in so many different ways. Some are tragic, some less so, but all have elements of tragedy, and because of some graphic descriptions, we've put this in our YA co...
  • Peggy
    I rarely read short stories, but requested an Advance Copy of this book, because I am trying to include books about World War I in my book selections this year. So glad I did! This book is one of my best reads so far in 2015 and is the kind of book that lingers with you long after the last page is finished. The objects and the authors' choices of perspective gave the collection a great deal of variety, and yet the book was bound together by stron...
  • Shelley
    11 stories, each about a different artifact from the First World War - helmet, compass, butter dish, Princess Mary's Gift Fund Box, etc. Most of these were very affecting, definitely bringing the horrors of war to life. It's apparently meant to be a kids anthology - I'd say squarely tween and teen - I can see kids as young as 6th or 7th grade getting a lot out of this. I think I would have loved it in middle school. Each Slow Dusk totally broke m...
  • WatermeLoonie
    First, let me just say, this was actually extremely effective in fooling my mother in believing I am actually beginning to get it into this stuff. HA. No, the real reason I actually chose this is I guess because we're currently studying World War 1 in History, I adore short stories and seriously, with the hardback condition my hands could hardly take their grubby fingers off it.Though the pictures were weally weally pwetty, the actual contents of...
  • Hunter
    Does he ever end up okay with his thoughts of war ? If one wants to find out, one would have to read David Almond's "The Great War". This book was very surprising. It never ended up like one thought it would. His grandfather survived because of not going out, because he stayed and cleaned. That's how he survives?! People usually relate war with sorrow and sadness. When studied, war can be very interesting and intriguing. War could bring closer re...
  • Ann Woodbury Moore
    This is an unusual British collection of stories for children. Eleven authors were each given an object related to World War I (some obvious, like a helmet, compass, and recruitment poster, and some not so much--sheet music, a butter dish, a school magazine) and asked to create a story. The objects are all pictured and described at the end of the book. As often happens in anthologies, the stories vary considerably in interest and quality. My favo...
  • Sarah
    This is a fantastic collection of short stories. The idea of them all relating to an object from WWI allows for a tremendous diversity of stories — time periods, characters, voices, messages — without it feeling disjointed or disorganized.The artwork is gorgeous, dark, and brooding, and somehow gives the book a modern feel without be inappropriate to the time period.I found that some of the stories were a bit hit and miss for me, but hey, it'...
  • Mirrani
    As soon as I finished this collection of short stories I wanted to read it again. I actually kept picking it up and glancing through it, sadly wishing I hadn't devoured it so fast. I enjoyed the writing and the concept of writing one story based on a single object from the war was brilliant. I felt as if the book did a good job memorializing those who lost their lives and remembering those who served and returned. Some books you read and then pas...
  • Cara
    The stories are very well written; most echo the sentiment that we shouldn’t glorify war, and many explore its horrific effects on people. The authors also seem to want to ensure that no one forgets about The Great War. Black and white images, many reflecting the bleakness of war in an effective silhouetted manner, by celebrated illustrator Jim Kay are accompanied by short explanations of how the item that is pictured relates to the war, which ...
  • Rachel
    Eleven authors draw inspiration from different WWI artifacts to create this anthology tied together with brilliant art by Jim Kay, the illustrator from A Monster Calls. When embarking upon an anthology such as this, it's rare that all the stories hold my interest as well as these did. While I connected with some on a more meaningful level than others, such as Michael Morpurgo's "Our Jacko" and Timothée de Fombelle's "Captain Rosalie," each evoke...
  • librarian4Him02
    I received this book through the Early Reviewers program on Librarything. I put my name in the hat because I like many of the books published by Candlewick and because I've been wanting to read more short story collections. The stories that stood out to me from this collection were "Don't Call it Glory," "A World That Has No War In It," and "Captain Rosalie." The whole collection of stories gave me a new understanding of and perspective on World ...
  • Donna Nix
    I'm not a big fan of short story collections, but this is an exception. Produced in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW I, this collections revolves around objects carried by soldiers or related to the war in another way. Although the artwork is black and white, it conveys the bleakness of the war, and the back matter gives more detail about the artifacts. All of the writers except one are from the UK or Europe, which will ...
  • Lea
    This collection of short stories by various published authors is spectacularly moving and thought-provoking. Each story is inspired by an artifact from World War I, and each story incorporates the objects in surprising ways. I found myself forcing friends and family members to read particular stories because I found they spoke to me in remarkable ways. Excellent read!
  • Suzanne Artis
    This was a thoughtful read with which I took my time. I loved the concept of each story revolving around one WWI artifact. I learned a great deal about the war as experienced from various perspectives. I loved the story of the butter dish and the sad one about the school magazines...well many of them were sad. Well done and would be a great way to teach about the war in a history class.
  • Hayley
    Eleven exceptional stories, all themed around the impact of the First World War on children, bound together by Jim Kay's exquisitely beautiful illustrations. See my full review here.
  • Mark Richards
    Beautiful writing. Difficult to read all the way through. I needed to put this book down and get back to it. The layout is great. I especially enjoyed the pictures and history of the actual items in the back.
  • Samantha
    Some stories were great, some were eh. I had a patron in mind who I thought might like this book, but I did not give it to him because too many of the stories were outside WWI. I do think some kids will really go for it.
  • Trixie
    I really enjoyed this collection of short stories! Each one was based on an object from WWI - some were better than other, but as a collection, I think they're really exceptional. I especially liked the informative tidbits thrown in, facts about the objects and life during the war.
  • Paula
    This was a good book but I cannot see children reading it. I had to give it 3 stars because some stories were great and some not so much. I really liked A Harlem Hellfighter and His Horn. Also i found Each Slow Dusk so sad.