Book Review: Canada at War: A Graphic History of World War Two
Canada at War • A Graphic History of World War Two
By Paul Keery
Illustrated by Michael Wyatt
176 pages • ISBN 987-1-55365-596-1
Canada at War: A Graphic History of World War Two is a beautifully crafted graphic novel, tracing the achievements of the Canadian forces in the Second World War.
In 1914, Canada went to war as a subject of Britain. In 1939, it made the choice to fight all on its own. Canada at War follows the developments and setbacks, wins and losses, of a nation learning to stand up for itself in the midst of the most difficult wat of the 20th century.
In graphic-novel format, fully illustrated and in full colour, Canada at War shows growth of a nation´s army, navy and air force through movingly depicted triumphs and tragedies. From the disheartening losses at Dieppe and Hong King through the battle of the Atlantic and the invasion of Sicily, it focuses on the human dimension of the key battles and decisions that ultimately swung the war in the Allies´ favour.
This poignant graphic account ends, after the victories of D-Day and Juno Beach and the liberation of Europe, with a final reckoning of the legacy these stories years have had on a country forged through war. Aimed at both adult and young adult readers, this very human history tells the stories behind some of this country´s most distinguished military moments.
Paul Keery holds degrees in history, law and library and information science and education. In 2007, he was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator in recognition of his work in integrating technology into classroom teaching. Keery has published a history book for young people, Maple Leaf Forever, on the history of Canada´s Confederation, as well as articles for a number of newspapers and professional journals.
Michael Wyatt is a self-taught artist who began his career as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer in 2006. His original designs have appeared on everything from greeting cards to hockey jerseys. He has contributed artwork to Kayak and Legion magazines, and his cartoons and caricatures are syndicated internationally.