|By||Philippa Werry and Bob Kerr|
|Format||Paperback / softback|
|Imprint||New Holland Publishers|
The author here has told a carefully crafted story of three mates who go off to war in search of adventure.
Indeed, the Boys Own Adventure story was a popular genre at the time and no doubt was a strong motivator for many lads (as my own father would testify). However, trench war in Gallipoli was no adventure but a daily grind of disease and death. As the text here puts it, Back home it was winter but over here it was stinking hot. Flies were everywhere and there was never enough water. Joe got sick _ This is a poignantly told story where simple bare sentences are sufficient.
The double-page illustrations are essential to the telling of the story and use colour contrast to foreshadow the story outcomes (the farewell and the arrival in Egypt) and to highlight characterisation (the death of Harry). This is an excellent text to introduce ANZAC Day to junior school students. John McKenzie
Philippa is a children's writer with wide experience in writing fiction and non-fiction for both trade and educational purposes.She has books with New Holland that have been nominated in various book awards.
Philippa has written a number of informative books with New Holland: Anzac Day, Armistice Day, Waitangi Day, Best Mates and The New Zealand Wars. Antarctic Journeys joins the list.