Published: August 2007
In 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the frontline. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him.
“Not since Black Beauty has there been a book like this one. War Horse also tells the plight of the soldiers, both German and English and the horrors that they went through. It made me cry but the ending made me smile as well. I think everyone should read it and Anna Sewell would have been proud of it!” T.J. Measures (Amazon reviewer)
From War Horse to Farm Boy, The Dancing Bear to Born to Run, Michael Morpurgo talks about the animal theme in his books.
Runner-up for the Whitbread Award
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Saturday, 25th October 2014
It is rather unusual for a children’s author to fill his books with war and violence, but for beloved writer Michael Morpurgo, conflict became the common thread in his creations.
He told CNN in an interview that aired on Thursday,
“I care about war because I’m a war child. I was born in ‘43 and grew up with the Second World War, the damage that had wrought on people and societies and families and buildings… and I’ve played in bomb sites. I grew up with all that world of war around me,”
Monday, 20th October 2014
Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo joined Joey, the life-size horse puppet and star of the National Theatre’s production of War Horse, to visit the poppies installation at the Tower of London on Sunday 19 October. Joey walked amongst the poppies and Michael Morpurgo planted a poppy before reading the Roll of Honour.
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This book made me want to keep on reading to find out what happens next. It had lots of exciting parts but sad parts too. In the part where Joey was struggling for survival and how he was so terrified was described really well. It made me feel sad for Joey and I just hoped that he would live. The joy that Joey had experienced with horses and men made me happy. Since I have not read many books to do with war this was really different for me. Throughout the book I felt sad because in my mind I pictured the war. The amount of chaos, pain, mud and gunfire was astonishing. But with each character that looked after Joey were all really nice and had a large amount of respect for horses. It gave me happiness because at that time, after all Joey had been through, he also found happiness.
I was never sure if Joey could reunite with Albert and I was eager to find out. It shows us from a different perspective of what it was like for a war horse and how he could have felt. The book showed a bond that never broke, a father who had changed for the better and a promise that was kept.
Best book ever i love your books:)
This book was amazing… It really shows how we are all so lucky that we have vets and doctors to do heaps of this stuff and they can almost cure anything.this book shows bravery,sadness,honour and many more things it is by far one of the best books I’ve read and it really shows how much horses got used in the w w 1 as well as the respect people gave them. Can’t wait to read Micheal’s other books…..
it’s fab love it
War Horse is awesome I’m currently reading at school for 100 years after WWI started but we’ve only stared recently and it is getting interesting.
It’s very cool.
I like war horse
I thought War Horse was fab and we are going to watch the play soon!
The film is so good, but i feel so sad for Joey because he was parted from his mother
This book is absolutely amazing and I cannot even begin to describe how much I love this book everyone should read this now
My daughter and I are reading it together; I find myself looking forward to our daily readings together at night and caring about Joey and what’s happening to him. We both have fallen in love with Joey and this wonderful, yet sad, yet beautiful story. THANK YOU!
This book was amazing
(not even not lying)
I have not finished yet but i am loving it all ready
I think that war horse was a fascinating book, enriched with incredible language, and a way to make you actually feel for the horses in WWI. I found the conversations in it, be German, British or French, intriguingly gripping, an I can tell that it is going to be an incredible story.
I have read your WAR HORSE it’s ggggggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttttttt
Awesome books Michael.
It is the best book you will read it is amazing!
I am currently reading this book at school and although we haven’t got far into the story I can already tell the book is going to be amazing. I am very lucky because my class at school is the Michael Morpurgo class so I get to study a lot of his books and right now we are working on our entry for the Michael Morpugo Month competition. By the way happy birthday mr Morpurgo. Can’t wait to finish this book. Yay!!!
love the book It made me think a lot about history I hated it now I like it thanks to the book warhorse…..........