Advanced Search

Add Best Comp

Add comparable title

Remove comparable title

Owlkids Books Spring 2020 Frontlist

What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows?
True Stories of Imagination and Courage
By (author): Heather Camlot Illustrated by: Serge Bloch
Heather Camlot ,

Illustrated by :

Serge Bloch


Owlkids - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paper over boards
Hardcover , Paper over boards


Juvenile: Age (years) 8 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4, Grade (US) 4
Mar 15, 2020
$19.95 CAD


10.5in x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 459 gr

Page Count:

40 pages
Owlkids Books
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Activism & Volunteering
Best Books for Kids and Teens 2020, Commended Saskatchewan Diamond Willow Award 2021, Short-listed Skipping Stones Book Awards 2022, Joint winner
A big-idea nonfiction book that invites readers to dream

·  Speaks to a generation of young people growing up in the wake of youth-activist movements

·  Fosters a spirit of inquiry and open-mindedness

·  Back matter includes a glossary, notes, and selected sources

·  Illustrated by acclaimed artist Serge Bloch

·  Also available in French through Bayard Canada Livres

What if the impossible were actually possible? What if we turned our dreams into action? What if our imagination could help solve real-world crises, like war, famine, and human rights violations?

Through a series of seemingly whimsical questions, this middle-grade nonfiction book introduces readers to people and organizations that are subverting violence, war, and totalitarian power. What if soldiers refused to carry weapons? What if fighter pilots dropped seeds instead of bombs? What if music could be a creative force for democracy? None of these ideas are impossible—in fact, they are all true historical examples of ideas that have been put into action. 

Accessible, engaging text introduces a different question and example on each spread. Evocative conceptual illustrations provide a light-hearted reminder of the power of imagination. This timely book encourages readers to think critically and dare to ask big questions, which might just change the world.

As a writer, editor, and translator, HEATHER CAMLOT has asked “what if” countless times over her 20-year career. Her first middle-grade novel, Clutch, was named among Kirkus’s Best Middle-Grade Historical Fiction of 2017 and is a 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award winner. Heather lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her family. 

Renowned French illustrator SERGE BLOCH has illustrated over three hundred books, and his illustrations regularly appear in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Time Magazine. His many awards include a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, France's Baobab Award and the Bologna Ragazzi Award. Serge shares his time between Paris and New York City.

  • Very timely -- speaks to a generation of younger people who are growing up in the wake of popular youth activist movements, such as the teens from Parkland, Florida, pushing the gun control conversation in the US and the Ontario high school students organizing to challenge provincial governments cuts to education.
  • Truly unique – there is no book quite like this on the market.
  • Has applications for kids with anxiety – offers real-life solutions to what seem like insurmountable worries and issues.

For more information contact
[email protected]

"An accessible, bite-sized look at powerful change." - Kirkus Reviews

"Camlot invites readers to visualize soldiers switching pistols for pillows, painted lines for battle lines, and like peaceful exchanges—and for each scenario, describes an actual, thematically related anti-war initiative." - Booklist

"This salute to people who exemplify peace and reconciliation begins each story with a question." - Publishers Weekly

"The stories feature brave people from many different places across the globe, and both the book’s introduction and conclusion encourage readers to ask questions and use their imagination to make the world a better place." - School Library Journal

"Such an admirable concept underlies this book, and the important stories remind the reader that there is always more than one answer to something." - School Library Connection

"Each entry illuminates a story of peace and compromise, and shows what can be done when the world is pictured in a hopeful and inspired way." - Sal's Fiction Addiction

"Powerful and inspiring, it’s the perfect middle grade book for a reader that loves both history and social justice." - The Tiny Activist

"The biographical stories of courage and leadership in the face of war, displacement of civilians, persecution and injustice are diverse and engaging." - Canadian Review of Materials

"This is a very positive and hopeful book that is likely to inspire readers to think about how they can change the world." - Youth Services Book Review

of 19

Also Available

Why We Live Where We Live Kira Vermond 9781771470810 $13.95 CAD Sep 15, 2014
Why Do We Fight? Niki Walker 9781771473545 $14.95 CAD Mar 15, 2019
Why Do We Fight? Niki Walker 9781926973869 $16.95 CAD Sep 15, 2013

Forgotten Password

Please enter your email address and click submit. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be sent to you.

Forgotten Password

An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.