War Boy


Author: Michael Foreman


Illustrator: Michael Foreman

FOREMAN, Michael. War Boy. A Country Childhood. [NY]: Arcade [1990]. Oblong 8vo, 92pp. Navy boards with spine stamped in gold. Color pictorial endpapers; color illustrations on nearly every page. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author/artist, Michael Foreman.

First US edition. 1989 Greenaway Medal Winner!  'I woke up when the bomb came through the roof. It came through at an angle, overflew my bed by inches, bounced up over my mother's bed, hit the mirror, dropped into the grate and exploded up the chimney.' The Second World War is a sometimes exciting, often harrowing, time for a young boy growing up in a small town in Suffolk near a British Navy base. Life during wartime is vividly brought to life in this personal story filled with childhood memories - from hiding in air-raid shelters to playing in the bombed-out ruins to the arrival of American soldiers. Capturing the beauty of the British countryside and the fierce reality of life during the way, Foreman’s watercolors covey the panoply of human emotion.