Kid’s Book Review: Edgar & Adolf

Kid’s Book Review: Edgar & Adolf

About the Book and Authors

Written by Phil Earle and Michael Wagg, Edgar & Adolf is about a 17-year-old German boy named Adi who lives in Hamburg. Adi decided to travel all the way to Scotland to find a man called Edgar Kail, a retired footballer who knew his grandfather, Adolf Jager, very well.

Adi did not get to meet his grandfather and so wanted to find out more about him and also to give Edgar his former football team’s badge back to him. When Adi sets off on his journey, he understands that both men played football together and were once great friends.

This is book about football, but also about friendship with a great sense of time and place thrown in making it a very fun history lesson. It is published by Oxford University Press in partnership with Barrington Stoke. The suggested reading age is 11 + years

Edgar and Adolf cover
Phil Earle

Phil Earle has written loads of books for children. You can visit his website to find out more about his writing.

Michael Wagg is a writer and actor who has also written a book called The Turning Season.

Book Review

I liked the way the story moves from Adi’s journey in the present to the two men’s friendship in the past

The story takes place in the present day but some of the chapters are set when Edgar and Adolf were younger. Also, after chapter 17 Edgar tells Adi all about World War Two and how his grandfather worked as a bomb sweeper in the war. I liked the way the story moves from Adi’s journey in the present to the two men’s friendship in the past – it was very easy to follow because each chapter’s title tells you the date which it is set in.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I actually find it quite difficult to choose a favourite part in the story. But if I had to choose, I would say the bit I enjoyed the most is when Edgar gave Adi a match report of the time Edgar and Adolf first met. I liked reading about the details of the football match as I found it all quite exciting and interesting and I could imagine the two men playing on the pitch together.

I would recommend this book to anyone aged from 7-12 – the best thing is, you don’t even need to like football to enjoy it! Fans of Michael Morpurgo’s stories might like it because some of it is set in wartime. It is funny, a little bit upsetting and very interesting. It is such a great story – it can make you feel so many emotions at once.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Noel
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: football, gymnastics and climbing trees
  • Dislikes: sauces and mushrooms
  • Favourite Book: Codename Bananas by David Walliams
  • Favourite Song: Sunflower by Post Malone
  • Favourite Film: Cool Running1