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This book is a gem. It is beautifully illustrated; no other book illustrations have ever had as much impact on me as these. At first glance one wonders wether a cartoon format is appropriate for the subject matter but just as instantly, doubt is completely forgotten as the aptness of the pictures becomes clear. It's the barbed wire that gets me: its benign beauty on the page seems to emphasise its viciousness. And then there's the poetry. Clear, sparse and gob-smackingly poignant. It hides its craft very well: you think 'with a bit of effort I could have come up with that' No you couldn't. It's the work of a consumate poet. Each page contains a little packet of condensed meaning whose economy of language is both beautiful and and inspiring. A very fine work that I unhesitatingly recommend. Clive Cotton
This is a familiar historical story beautifully retold. I love christmas literature, and this one is beautiful visually and content-wise. It was written by UK's Poet Laureate (2009) Carol Ann Duffy so you can't go wrong. This would make a beautiful gift to any one, but so far I have kept mine for myself. :)
Wonderful illustrations, although the story was a little graphic for my 6 year old. (Easily fixed by me reading it to her and modifying it). An important story to tell and our history. Good for older children and adults.
The Christmas Truce combines the most brilliant poetry with a subtle anti war theme. The pathos, anger and straightforward way in which this episode in the most horrific war is highlighted to show the abomination of leading men into futile battles. A book that should be read whenever our politicians propose that we should fight rather than talk.
A lovely little book. Poem written by the poet laureate and beautifully illustrated. It is particularly meaningful because of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1. Forget the Sainsburys advert and buy this little book to keep and pass down to your children. Love it!