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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Monday, 15th September 2014
On August 3rd 2014 Michael became part of a cast at Prom 22: The War Horse Prom, part of this year’s BBC Proms held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Monday, 4th August 2014
The BBC Proms commemorates the anniversary of the outbreak of First World War, collaborating for the first time with the National Theatre for a concert inspired by Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning play War Horse. Lifesize War Horse puppets joined the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor David Charles Abell, Gareth Malone and the Military Wives on stage for a performance that explored the music and stories of the Great War.
Thursday, 26th June 2014
War Horse is one of just fifty books chosen by the National Literacy Trust to feature in an exciting new art event, Books about Town, which celebrates London’s literary heritage and promotes reading for enjoyment. The event will see 50 book-shaped benches displayed on the streets of London, each one uniquely painted to represent the book it is based on.
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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…..........
i looove this book i am a big fan of michael morpurgo but this has to be my fave!!!!!!!!!!!! i havent seen the film though :( but it is a COOL book
Sensational children’s book which the boy and I enjoyed thoroughly. It was a little bit of a roller-coaster of a ride as every time Joey came across a nice, kind owner, they seemed to die! But fortunately, Albert just about managed to survive until the end. Phew.
This book is so good so far and is sad but interesting
war horse is a really good book I even felt like I was part of the story that I was there that a sign of a good book highly recommended
I love this book so much that i can read it 4556 million times love it when you see it
An amazing and tragic book based on the most bravest horse trying to find his owner crossing the battlefield of No Mans Land
and losing some of his friends on the way.
It’s definitely Michael Morpurgo’s best book.
I think this is really good evidence to how Michael Morpurgo is such a great author
I LOVE THE BOOK WAR HORSE IT’S FANTASTIC !
I thought this book was amazing ! I loved the fact it was in the voice of the horse. I am dyslexic and sometimes find reading hard work. I was gripped by this story, which was sometimes very sad and made me cry….but I had to keep reading ! I enjoyed following the life story of all the main characters, especially the horse. I recommend this book to EVERYONE.
War Horse is a good book but i would recommend that you watch the play first.
I love how the book is written in the horse’s perspective !