Billy's no kid—he's 80 today. He's enjoying watching the boys at the park knock a soccer ball around and this afternoon he'll be cheering on his team, Chelsea, as he has done all his life. In 1939, Billy was picked for Chelsea. Not quite 19, and his dreams had come true—"Billy! Billy the Kid!" they shouted as he scored goal after goal. Surely life could get no better. But in 1939 too, the Second World War began and Billy's life was never to be the same again. With nostalgically vivid illustrations, the story of Billy the Kid reaches across generations and creates a life with a past that will be moving and inspiring for young and old alike.
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Michael Morpurgo has written over 90 books and has an unparalleled reputation in the world of children's books. His books have been adapted for the cinema, TV and theatre and he has won numerous awards including Children's Book Award, Whitbred Children's Book Award and the Smarties Prize. In May 2003 he was appointed the 3rd Children's Laureate. The position acknowledges the importance of exceptional children's authors in creating the readers of tomorrow. Michael lives in Devon. Michael Foreman's numerous books for children have earned him widespread recognition as one of the world's leading illustrators. He has worked on a vast range of children's books, and has collaborated with Terry Jones on all of his books for children. He also writes and illustrates his own books, including War Boy and War Game, winners of the Kate Greenaway Award and Smarties Book Prize respectively, and After the War was Over.Review:
'a thrilling and moving story about a Chelsea footballer who gets caught up in the ravages of the Second World War, with the focus on the Beautiful Game as a common bond that can link nations and generations'. Foreman's shimmering watercolours and line, so agile and expressive, are a perfect match for Morpurgo's assured and memorable narrative. This is a book that will be treasured by any child or teacher learning about the Second World War.' TES 'A story that combines football and war. It is a lot like an afternoon at Stamford Bridge, and ideal for football fans aged eight and over.' The Daily Telegraph
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Book Description Anova Books, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Michael Foreman (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M184458366X