Book review: See Inside the First World War by Rob Lloyd Jones and Maria Cristina Pritelli

As a new year dawns, thoughts are turning to the centenary of the First World War and Usborne books are keeping children in the big picture with an informative and entertaining selection of books.

Wednesday, 8th January 2014, 9:00 am
See Inside the First World War by Rob Lloyd Jones and Maria Cristina Pritelli
See Inside the First World War by Rob Lloyd Jones and Maria Cristina Pritelli

See Inside the First World War, a fascinating flap book packed with essential fighting facts, is the first to take off. Covering every aspect of the war from the opening salvos in 1914 to the end of hostilities in 1918, this is a unique and imaginative history lesson.

Author Rob Lloyd Jones and illustrator Maria Cristina Pritelli have packed each of the eight double-page spreads with battle scenes and all the machinery of war. Study the pictures, lift the flaps and find out more about the ferocious fighting on land, sea and in the air.

With over 70 flaps included, youngsters can look inside trenches, see an attack across no man’s land, discover what goes on inside a tank and learn how fighter planes defended the skies against airships. Scenes include a battleship fight, the war in the skies, trenches on the Western Front and a typical tank battle.

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Written in conjunction with a historical consultant from the Imperial War Museums, this superb, action-packed book with its colourful graphics and thoughtful design transports readers into the battlefields of a terrible conflict from the muddy trenches of northern France to the jungles of East Africa.

A perfectly pitched and compelling introduction to the realities of war for children aged six and over.

(Usborne, hardback, £9.99)

First World War Sticker Book

Struan Reid and Ian McNee

The Imperial War Museums have also played a role in a beautifully produced sticker book which is jam-packed with information, maps and photographs taken during the First World War.

Youngsters aged seven and over will love travelling back in time to help put together the key events, leaders and people of the war with over 100 stickers of photographs, posters and artefacts.

Covering the four years of fighting, this fact-filled and exciting book provides hands-on activities as well as revealing the history that led up to the war, the military strategies employed by both sides, what life was like for soldiers in the trenches and much more.

The ideal way to bring war to vivid life for a new generation of children.

(Usborne, paperback, £6.99)

Sticker Dressing: First World War

Struan Reid and Emi Ordas

This colourful and detailed sticker book for children aged five and over highlights those who took part in the conflict, from field marshals and recruitment officers to ambulance drivers and soldiers. There are over 170 stickers of historically accurate uniforms to help get the men ready for action and scenes include preparing for war, in the trenches and in a field hospital. There are also extras such as weapons and animals to complete the scenes.

Fun, informative and guaranteed to keep little hands busy…

(Usborne, paperback, £5.99)