War Horse

War Horse

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Michael Morpurgo, Illustrated by Francois Place

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  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 188mm x 13mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 6 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1405226668
  • ISBN 13: 9781405226660
  • Illustrations note: Colour illustr.
  • Sales rank: 1,919

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The book that inspired Steven Spielberg's Hollywood blockbuster movie and an internationally acclaimed stage show ...it can only be Michael Morpurgo's War Horse. In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. The bedlam of battle had begun. All around me men cried and fell to the ground, and horses reared and screamed in an agony of fear and pain. The shells whined and roared overhead, and every explosion seemed like an earthquake to us. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. This is his story. Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author, Michael Morpurgo, has written nearly 100 books for children, many of them war stories. But none have become as famous as War Horse. Inspiring a long-running stage show and a box office film directed by Steven Spielberg, War Horse has become an international sensation. Read the book that started it all; the stunning wartime classic.

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Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction. He is one of the most successful children's authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike. Michael has written more than forty books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. His novels have been adapted for film (My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came) and stage (including, Kensuke's Kingdom for the Polka Theatre and Why the Whales Came for Alibi). Michael received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature.

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By Penny Cunningham 26 Feb 2012 5

This is a great little book. Showing WW1 through the eyes of a horse "joey", he is bought and sent to the front, pulling medical supplies, men and guns.
The book shows Joey being "captured" in France and ending up with the Germans. It tells of the attrocities he sees along the way, the care he receives (or not as the case may be!) and the friends he makes as he goes! I can see how this would make a very good film, it is compassionate, and heartwarming. A very good read indeed.