Sunday, 25 March 2018

Giveaway #674 : Win The Story of the First World War For Children - closed - winner Nat Newham


The First World War was the world's first 'total war' and its scale was unprecedented. In fact, it was declared to be 'The World To End All Wars', but, sadly, this did not turn out to be true and just twenty years later, a new world war was on the way. It was also the first war between modern, industrialised nations and saw new and terrifying weapons deployed for the first time, including airplanes, tanks, zeppelins, giant warships and poison gas. Now, on the verge of the centenary of the end of the conflict, The Story of the First World War for Children (1914-1918) is a fact-packed information book that relates the unfolding events and the human stories in a way that brings history vividly to life.


The book is full of photos and drawings that really help to bring home the scale and destruction of the war. Even as an adult, I find this one, on the opening page, both hauntingly beautiful and eerie


There are a few splashes of colour but even those remain muted. The overall colour scheme of black, white and grey helps to evoke the bleakness and sadness of the unfolding events.


The book explains all of the key events in child-friendly, short texts :  the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the various battles, the football match on No Man's Land on Christmas Day 1914, the sinking of the Lusitania, ...


The book also looks at more unusual, unexpected aspects of the war, such as the role of animals or the artwork inspired by the war.


It's a fascinating look at one of the most important events in modern history, which is a mine of information for school projects or just idle curiosity. I enjoyed looking through it with the Madhouse kids and answering some of the questions that they had and they were even inspired to continue their research online once they'd finished scrutinising each and every page. Always the sign of a great book.

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Carlton Kids; Reprint edition (8 Mar. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783123524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783123520
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 24.1 cm



Carlton Kids have kindly offered to send a copy of the book to one lucky Madhouse Family Reviews reader. Fill in your entries in the rafflecopter widget below.


UK only. Closing date : 10/4/18

T & C's : Entries close at midnight on the closing date. Winners will be selected with a random number generator and announced on facebook and in the giveaway post subject line. Please note, you will be contacted by email and/or twitter and if I haven't heard from you after 28 days, I'll have to pick another winner. Prizes will be sent out by the companies or their PR directly to winners. Madhouse Family Reviews cannot be held responsible for any prizes that go astray ! Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. The winners' personal contact information will be passed on to the PR / Brand responsible and used only for delivery of their prize. 

You may also like to enter my other giveaways :


Giveaway #673 : Win 3 x Thunderbirds dvds - closing date 7/4



97 comments:

  1. I think all my four children would enjoy this as they always cover this subject at school x

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  2. My son would be fascinated reading this book

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  3. I would like to read this with all the children.

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  4. Margaret Clarkson
    I would give it to my Godson as he likes to read factual books.

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  5. I have entered,lovely book.

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  6. I would give this to my nephew and niece.

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  7. I would give it to my cousins

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  8. Michelle Ferguson29 March 2018 at 22:34

    I would give it to my nephew

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  9. I think I would be giving a good read to start with, but then I would pass it on to my stepchildren

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  10. I would give this to my daughter Faith 💕

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  11. I would give this to my Niece and Nephew, for World book Day, my Nephew dressed as a child who was an evacuee

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  12. i would give this to my grandaughter x

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  13. This would be great for my son x

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  14. If I win, I'll take the book into the school where I work. Our year 6 study the First World War as one of their topics each year, so this would be great for their book corner.

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  15. Very interesting book for my grandchildren xx

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  16. I'd give it to my grandson thanks for the chance to win one

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  17. I'm entering to try and win it for my 10 year old grandson.

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  18. I'd share it with my granddaughters, but I suspect that I'd learn something from it too!

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  19. I’d give this to my eldest son, he’s really interested in history

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  20. Rebecca Wilson7 April 2018 at 17:09

    Looks like an amazing book. It's so difficult to explain about the First World War but this sounds ideal.

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  21. my 2 kids would love this. they enjoy history

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  22. To grandchildren, I would most probably learn something myself

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  23. Nephew. Important historical information, would assist when it comes to project for school (coursework).

    Rachel Craig

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  24. fabulous love to win for my niece and nephew

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  25. I'd give it to my daughter Esme :)

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  26. Both of my sons would be interested in this, so it would be shared between them.

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  27. Both of my daughters would be interested in this book. They have a fascination for history.

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  28. would love to win for my daughter xx

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  29. I'd like to read this with my daughter - I'm sure we'd both learn so much!

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  30. Looks like a brilliant way of introducing an important topic in history to young ones, full of facts but not overly daunting.

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  31. I'd give my niece the book before she starts her World War topic in school :)

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  32. id give this to my son but i think id read it too!!

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  33. I'd give this book to my son if I was lucky enough to win.

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  34. My son would like this, he loves history

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  35. I'd give it to my little cousin :)

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  36. Simon Tutthill8 April 2018 at 18:17

    It would have to be my lovely nephew

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  37. id love this for my nephew so lovely

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  38. My sons are age 10 and 12 and bith enjoy history, especially WW1 and WW2

    Linda Ford

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  39. This sounds an important book for all children

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  40. I'd read it with my nieces, looks very interesting

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  41. this sounds like a fab book that would help the kids with their history homework

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  42. A book all children should read so I would give it to the three foster siblings .

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  43. My 8 year old grandson is obsessed with the war and Winston Churchill at the moment because he's learning all about it at school. I'm sure this book would help him enormously.

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  44. I'd give this book to my son.

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  45. The prize would be for my grand-daughter

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  46. my cousins son would love this

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  47. I think that my grandkids would love this

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  48. our little one would love this!!

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  49. I would give this to my Son, he is very interested in history.

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  50. My son would find this book very interesting. They have just covered this topic recently in primary school.

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  51. I would love to win this for my nephew, his mum says he likes history so hopefully he would find this interesting

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  52. I would give this book to my children

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  53. My grandson would enjoy reading this book

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  54. I'd love to win for my grandson who loves history. I use his picture looking at the poppies at the Tower as my profile pic on Twitter.

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  55. I would love this for my daughter

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  56. My little girl would love this

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  57. I would give this to my 8 year old son Ronan. We look him to Duxford last year and he was engrossed!

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  58. it's important kids know about wars and tragedies to hopefully stop them happening again in the future and so they know that freedom comes at a price but in a way that they can understand too

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  59. I'd like to give this to my niece and then talk to her about my great granddad who was a sergeant major in the war.

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  60. I would give this to my nephew.

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  61. My son and his class because they are studying this!

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  62. Looks like a great book. Both my kiddies would find this interesting.

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  63. I would give to my daughter Evie.

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  64. We would like to enter for my 9 year old nephew.

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  65. I would give this to my youngest he loves reading and likes to learn about new areas

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  66. This looks a fabulous informative book pitched at just the right level

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  67. Love to win this for my daughter Sheriah

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  68. I d love this for my daughter

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  69. Pauline Burroughs10 April 2018 at 15:28

    This looks a lovely book. I'd give it to my granddaughter

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  70. I would give this book to my son :)

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  71. Brilliant! my son will be doing war project at school after Easter!

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  72. this would be really educational for my son x

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  73. I would love to give this to my Son

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  74. I would love to win this for my nephew. Thanks for the competition.

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  75. To my niece she would love this xx

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  76. I would keep the book for myself and use it when presenting first world war walks to children

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