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War Game
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Author Michael Foreman
Illustrator Michael Foreman
Cover artist Michael Foreman
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Children's war novel
Publisher Pavilion Books
Publication date
7 October 1993
Media type Print (hardcover & paperback)
Pages 76 pp (first edition)
ISBN 1-85793-069-X
OCLC 36675730
LC Class PZ7.F75829 War 1993

War Game is a children's novel about World War I written and illustrated by Michael Foreman and published by Pavilion in 1993. It features four young English soldiers and includes football with German soldiers during the Christmas truce, "temporary relief from the brutal and seemingly endless struggle in the trenches".

War Game won the 1993 Nestlé Children's Book Prize in ages category 6–8 years and overall. Foreman was a commended runner up for the annual Greenaway Medal from the Library Association, recognising the best children's book illustration by a British subject.

In 2002 the book was adapted as a short animated film by the same name by the British animation company Illuminated Films.


Will, Freddie, Billy, and Lacey are our young friends eager for "the grand adventure" of old-fashioned war. The story follows them through training in England, arrival in France and the trenches, the famous 1914 Christmas truce, and the Battle of the Somme. At key points in the story, the author includes historical information on particular events of the war.

The main characters are named after and based on Foreman's uncles who were killed in the war at ages 18 to 24. He was born about twenty years later in 1938.

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