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This was first published in 1969 in response to the Vietnam War It teaches through the use of childrens play that war hurts and in the end, there are no winners I read this at 6 in 1974 and I still remember at the end of the battle one kid asks Who won and the answer comes back We all lost That is a powerful message even 40 years later Those who see only the war the kids fight and ignore their realization that war only hurts and how the two gangs reconcile and become friends are missing the whol [...]
I personally liked this book, however I have very mixed feelings about giving it to a child The book tells the story of a group of boys who play a game called Bang, Bang, You re Dead, acting out a battle The fighting becomes real when they meet a rival group of boys that want to play on the same hill where they stage their battles In the end, the boys don t like the real fighting, but decide to play fight with their rivals the next day It s a mixed message, but it is very true to life The artwor [...]
Bang Bang You re Dead is a children s book with detailed black and white drawings, about eight kids who have a war over a hill they want to play on In the beginning we meet James and his three pals who dress up, take their toy guns to the top of a hill where they play a game called Bang Bang You re Dead In this game everyone gets pretend shot, everyone pretend dies, and no one gets hurt At the end of each game they celebrated the end of the war which, one can tell from the illustrations involves [...]
This was a haunting, chilling story
This was my favorite book as an elementary school student in the early 80s Fantastic illustrations, lots of violence, and a good message nobody wins when hostilities conflicts become physical.
This book was very violent and teaches a completely irrelevant, negative lesson that kids should never adapt The illustrated cover and pages give the false pretense that it is an approachable graphic novel for readers of any age In contrast, this book is disturbing on many levels and is an entry that should be avoided.
Loved this book when I was a kid Is that a bad thing