The Enemy by Davide Cali

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In this moving picture book, award-winning collaborators Davide Cali and Serge Bloch present a fable for our time about two lonely soldiers facing each other across a barren battlefield. What each discovers, as the story unfolds, is that the enemy is not a faceless beast, but rather a real person with family, friends, and dreams.

About Davide Cali

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Davide Cali is the author of 12 illustrated books for adults and children, includingI Can’t Wait(illustrated by Serge Bloch), which was an ALA Batchelder Honor Book and also received France’s Baobab Award for Best Children’s Book of the Year. He lives in Genoa, Italy. Serge Bloch is an artist whose work appears regularly inThe Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times,andThe Los Angeles Times, He recently received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, the ALA Batchelder Honor Award, and France’s Baobab Award for the book he created with Davide Cali,I Can’t Wait. He lives in New York, New York.
Published April 14, 2009 by Schwartz & Wade. 40 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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War demands an enemy: Two khaki-clad soldiers peer out of holes, torn through the page as if by bullets.

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Publishers Weekly

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In identical foxholes, two identical soldiers in khaki uniforms wait to destroy each other.

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We learn that on the first day of the war, each man was given a manual and a gun and was told that he must kill the enemy before the enemy kills him.

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Common Sense Media

After days of hunger and desperate loneliness, days filled with fear of killing and being killed, the narrator soldier crawls over to the enemy soldier's hole, finds him missing, and makes a discovery that convinces him that declaring peace is the only answer.

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Englewood Review of Books

The Enemy written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Serge Bloch is a book that I found particularly good.

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