This was a cute little story that reminded me of playing war when I was a kid. My brothers and I would often play war with our neighbor. It took me a while to get into it though. At first it kind of seemed like a bunch of random events. There was no real story. Once the play war starts the story starts and I was interested from that point on and really enjoyed it.
The kids in this book really commit to their play war. It was fun to read about kids taking their play so seriously because that's how I remember playing too. I loved how the different parts of the playground and neighborhood were described as the different sections of the battlefield. It was just like something you would hear a child say if they were playing. I also enjoyed the main character's insights into the social politics of the neighborhood he lived in.
The author has managed to capture the voice of a child really well in this story and it's a fun treat to read and or listen to. I listened to the audiobook narrated by David Winograd and he brought his own quirky spin to it. By the end of the book I was enjoying his take on this story and loved the way he voiced the main character.
All in all a fun read. The main reason I enjoyed it is that it reminded me of playing war when I was a kid and any story that reminds me of being a kid is a good one in my book.