EMWF Kids' Reads

What if Soldiers Fought with Pillows
Written by Heather Camlot, Illustrated by Serge Bloch
Published by Owlkids Books

A book review by Aliyana (10), Evelyn (7) and Matthew (8)

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Welcome Aliyana, Evelyn and Matthew! What is this book about?

Aliyana: This book is about people of all ages, race, and religion who are trying to stop the war. This book is also about the importance of being kind to others and treating others the way you would want to be treated. 
Evelyn: This book has many different short stories. Each story is about something that happened a long time ago in history from different places in the world. The stories are about good things that happened during wars.
Matthew: The book is about how people around the world don't need to fight.  Instead they can be kind and make friends.

What do you like about this book?

Aliyana: I like that the author tells true stories and I like how the “what if’s” are interesting and somewhat funny. I also liked how the pictures help tell the story instead of them being there for no reason.
Evelyn: I like that this book is about nice stories from wars instead of the bad fighting parts. It is about history.
Matthew: I like how the book was a lot of short little stories.  I didn't know a lot about the stories before reading the book so it was interesting.  I got to talk with my mom and learn even more about some of the world wars.

What do you like about the visuals? How do the visuals help to tell the story?

Aliyana: I love the pictures because they are helping say what that “what if” are saying. They help tell the story because they make it more interesting.
Evelyn: I love the visuals because they help me to imagine the characters and how they might have looked a long time ago. The pictures are made of red, green, and brown colours with patterns.
Matthew: The pictures are really funny.  They tell me a tiny bit about the story that I get to read.

Why should other kids read this book?

Aliyana: Other kids should definitely read this book because the book tells true stories and it lets you know what events went on in the past. This book also tells you about things you might have not known before.
Evelyn: Other kids should read this book because it is a nonfiction book about stories from history that we don’t usually hear about. It is long with a lot of short stories to read about.
Matthew: Other kids should read this book because it allows you to learn about how people sacrificed their lives to make sure others have freedom.  It also shows great honor and how at times of war and fights you can still help others.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Aliyana: I would recommend this book to kids that are interested in history. I would also recommend this book for kids who want to read books that are not too long but still enjoyable.
Evelyn: I would recommend this book to a child who likes to read and learn about history. It is for kids who are a little bit older because the stories are nonfiction and have lots of details.
Matthew: I think kids all around the world should read this.  Not just one country, but everybody.

If you could ask the author a question, what would it be?

Aliyana: My questions to the author are: How did you find all of these great stories? Why did you decide to call the book What if Soldiers Fought with Pillows? Do you know anyone who is or was in the army/navy/airforce?
Evelyn: I would ask the author, “Why did you choose to write this book?” I would like to know where they got the idea to write a book like this.
Matthew: How did you pick the colors and patterns for the book? They are inspiring to see and help me understand the book.

Thank you Aliyana, Evelyn and Matthew!