The Day War Came
Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb
On ‘The Day War Came‘ the girl learned about volcanoes, sang about tadpoles and drew pictures of birds. It was an ordinary day for an ordinary girl. However what happens to her is extraordinary. It changes her life and could change yours. It seems that by stepping into an ordinary day the impact of what befalls our main character is more poignant. What’s more, the feeling that this must be resolved is also difficult to understand. Therefore, what do we do? As with My name is not Refugee there is a significance in that the writer and illustrator choose and ordinary day, one with which we are familiar. Then again, the day’s routine is ordinary too. Furthermore, what happens is exceptional. So how do we feel? What is our reaction?
Every word from Nicola Davies is considered and impactful. What’s more, Rebecca Cobb’s illustrations, their fine lines and pencil colours, suggest a fragility within a white frame of emptiness and shock. Altogether, Bookwagon recommends this outstanding and provocative picture book for reading together, discussing and understanding.
Walker Book donates £1.00 of every copy sold to ‘Help Refugees’.
Amnesty International UK endorses ‘The Day War Came.