My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Light Horse Boy is a powerful book based on the historical events of 1914 – 1918. The characters in the book are fictitious but due to the author’s meticulous research of records and diaries, they are vividly brought to life. This is enhanced through the mixed media of the text which includes letters, diary entries and prose. The visual photographs and beautiful charcoal illustrations by Brian Simmonds also bring the story to life.
The story follows Jim and Charlie who, seeking excitement and adventure, head off to the war to end all wars and take their horses along with them. Jim and Charlie join the 4th Light Horse Brigade and the story follows their arrival and involvement in the war and the terror they faced.
This is a great book and is highly recommended for any students studying World War 1 or to read with young people (age 9+) to help them understand this part of our nation’s history, particularly as we get ready for the 100 year ANZAC commemorations of 2015.