Archie’s War book review

March 20th, 2014

Archie’s War
Marcia Williams
45 pages
Originally published in 2009

The story:

Archie was ten years old and crazy about comics when in 1914 when his uncle gave him this scrapbook. The empty pages soon began to fill with characters Archie made up, stories about his family and home in the east end of London, and the weird and wonderful souvenirs he collected. A few months later the First World War broke out and Archie’s world slowly started to change. Before his life was happy and normal, but when the World War broke out his dad had to join the war and he had to wave his dad away. But he kept on with his scrapbook, writing down all the events, even the terrible ones, that touched his life, and confiding the thoughts and feelings. That’s why his scrapbook is crammed with emotion, humour and courage and is a unique history of one young persons life during the Great War.

The characters:

Archie was a humorous and brave witness of the war. I think he was brave because he had to wave his dad off at the Great War and that would have been really hard. He made up some characters for his comics such as: Dumpling, Gravy, Tiger Tim and Joey. He also has a pet dog called Old Georgie, his best dog. Uncle Teddy was the uncle that gave him this scrapbook and Archie was really pleased.


I like the idea of the pop ups and the cut out letters, they make the scrapbook easier to understand.  I also like the comic strips they are really humorous , for example: there is a comic strip and it has a pop up which has a toilet door and if you open it, it says ‘ open the blinkin door!’ It also has drawings that give you an idea of what is happening. I also like the pictures of the world war 1 guns and vehicles and there  are real soldier pictures and those are lovely to look at. I could stare at them all day long!

Any weak bits?

This book is so good that I do not have any complaints about it. It is a  brilliant book full of one persons scrapbook during the Great War. I think this book is imaginative and captivating, and it is by far one of the best children’s book covering the Great War.


When I first got this book I read the first few pages and I could not put it down. Wherever I would go I would take this delightful book with me, I even took it to the shopping centre! I would rather read this book than watch television or play on computer games! This is the best book I have ever read!