Our Jacko: A Lesson on the Importance of History || A Book Review

Our Jacko

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Publisher: Walker Book Ltd

Released: November 1st, 2018

Genre: Children

Pages: 61

Format: Hardcover

Characters: Michael, Otto, …

Michael hates the scruffy tin hat from the moment his brother, Otto, tells him that it was worn by a dead soldier. To Michael, a staunch pacifist, it represents everything he despises.

Then the boys discover the diary of the helmet’s owner, their great-great-grandfather, and the untold stories within its pages. As Michael learns more about the young man whose life was cut so tragically short, he realises that the helmet is also a poignant symbol of bravery. And he decides to use it to commemorate the thousands of soldiers who, like “Our Jacko”, lost their lives in the First World War.

Source: Goodreads

This had been a really moving read. I really liked how the story started off with brotherhood and the main character, Michael, hating on the idea of war and only love peace. However, as the story went by, I could totally see the changes in Michael’s perspective on war. How his family, especially his brother, Otto, the history teacher and his great great grandfather’s story inspired him and taught him about the importance of our past and how that resulted in the peace we have today. It was a joy to see that process and change in him.

The writing style is very straightforward and simple, yet the author managed to convey the messages and values perfectly. I just adored this book so so much and honestly, there’s nothing much to be said besides that. I’d definitely recommend this book to everyone, even though you’re an adult because of the values that are included in this book.

Thank you Pansing for sending this book to me in exchange for an honest review. This book is now available in all good bookstores! 


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