Nice day for a War Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in WW1 by Chris Slane & Matt Elliott
A visually stunning short book in large elongated format about a New Zealander’s experience in WW! based on the diaries of Cyril Elliott who survived 3 years on the Western Front in Belgium and France.
Using the Diaries the authors have given a graphic portrait of the war from the front in all it’s horror. The cold and damp, the noise, the rats, the smell, the gas, the fighting the cammararderie and the understated NZ sense of humour in horrific circumstances.
Original documents such as a pay book, army instructions, public notices, maps and photographs from the front and from Egpyt enhance the diary entries. Other diary entries are converted into graphic novel images which further emphasise the horror of the war.
The cartoons from New Zealand at the Front are most powerful. Two soldiers are talking –“heard of Bill lately?” “yes he’s gone back to NZ with both legs off” “lucky buggar”.
Read it and play the Pogues “the band played waltzing Mathilda” You will cry your eyes out.
Secondary, young adult in appeal but boys will be drawn to it.