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The Enemy : A Book About Peace (2007)

by Davide Calì, Serge Bloch (Illustrator)

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    The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss (lquilter)
    lquilter: Both books show the pointlessness and horror of war, and have open-ended endings, leaving plenty of room for discussion about potential and possibility.
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Theme is peace and how war is an impersonal, hypocritical, ignorant way to solve a problem.

The book portrays soldier in his hole waiting to kill the enemy. The enemy is a monster, but at the end you see the enemy is the same as the soldier- a human with a family. The illustrations are mostly black and white and penciled in.
  harleybrenton | Feb 12, 2015 |
The Enemy is a book for the generations. Everyone has grown up in the beginning, middle, end, or aftermath of war. It is in our world constantly and many young children do not understand. There is no easy way to explain war to a child or distinguish good from bad in certain situations. This book shows the child, and adult reader, the truth behind the brutality of war. The solider in the book hates being at war and just wants it to end, hes been taught to profile and kill without question. But in following this solider's story we see his brainwash and humanity in questioning the goals of war. This book also does not chose a "side". It shows the enemy and the solider as human beings with a family and loved one who has also been trained to profile and kill. This book may not explain war to children. But it teaches compassion and humanity showing children to look at the person and not always believe what is heard. A great, great book for young and curious minds. ( )
  crieder95 | Feb 2, 2015 |
This was an awesome book about enemies and propaganda. It reinforces the idea that even our enemies are humans, not the beasts others try to portray them as. I really loved this book. This would be a good book to talk about point of view, or bias in a text. ( )
  TaraKennedy | Jan 29, 2015 |
I loved this book because it shows how pointless war is. In this story there are two men in two different holes they are fighting because they were told to. They were given a gun and a manual saying there enemy was a monster. But what they realize is that they were lied to. These both men have families and are not monsters. They were both given manuals saying they were enemy's when they were just normal people with kids and wife's. In the end they realize what is right and they both think it's time for this war to end and they do the right thing. This book gives you a lot to think about and I really liked it. ( )
  lruano | Oct 4, 2014 |
Lovely. Though the boy did say that it didn't go far enough in terms of war being evil. ( )
  beckydj | Jul 23, 2014 |
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Bloch, SergeIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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'The Enemy' is a profound, moving and poignant fable for our time about two lonely soldiers facing each other across a barren desert battlefield. Are they the only soldiers left? How can they end the war? Just who is the enemy? Created by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch, the award-winning team behind 'I Can't Wait' (winner of France's prestigious Baobab Award, and Honour Book in the American Library Association's Batchelder Award) and 'I Love Kissing You'. For readers aged from 7 to 77.

Australian edition: http://www.wilkinsfarago.com.au
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After watching an enemy for a very long time during an endless war, a soldier finally creeps out into the night to the other man's hole and is surprised by what he finds there.

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