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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Friday, 21st February 2014
The winner of the Morpurgo Month competition is announced.
Schools were asked to create reviews for their favourite Michael Morpurgo Month books. These could take any format schools chose; they just needed to demonstrate how much the pupils love the 30 titles included in Morpurgo Month, a celebration of Michael’s books for his 70th birthday.
Wednesday, 18th December 2013
Reading charity Booktrust is pleased to announce former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author Michael Morpurgo as its new President. The role, previously held by the late Doris Lessing, offers a notable figure as a supporter and ambassador for Booktrust’s work.
Booktrust believes that no-one should miss out on the life changing benefits that reading can bring. It gives free books to children via national programmes such as ‘Bookstart’, which works through locally based organisations to give packs of books to babies and toddlers, with guidance materials for parents and carers. With over 90 years of expertise in recommending books, it runs sponsored book prizes and manages creative reading projects, such as the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children’s Laureate. This year, it launched a brand new prize – The Booktrust Best Book Awards, supported by Kindle.
Monday, 25th November 2013
It’s the final days of Michael Morpurgo Month and we have plenty to help you celebrate. As well as turning our focus to voyages for the final six days of November, there’s a chance to get four Michael Morpurgo classics for just 99p each.
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The book was much better than the film. Inspiring and fascinating story with true depth. Really good , like all Micheal Morpugo books.
This book is amazing i am hopefully going to watch the film tomorrow its amece
Beth Kerrigan says:
I have seen the film and i am taking the book on holiday with me… i cannot wait to read it !
This is my joint-favourite book by MM! It shows how the raw power of war can be overcome by the incredible power of friendship and loyalty! Joey is a lovable and brave character. Albert is straight, smart and honest. An unbeatable duo!
What a beautiful book. Michael Morpugo brings home the horrors of war through the eyes of a young farm horse and the loyalty and courage felt between man and beast. The poignancy and bittersweet nature of the tale makes this a book that will be remembered and appreciated for a very long time.
The most amazing book in my life ive read. I watched the film for my birthday but the books much better. The best. i really want to watch it in theatre to. I love Michael Morpurgo books there the best.
I loved the book and movie but i want to know where you got the idea of making the book about a horse (joey).
Craig Little says:
Words cannot describe how good this book is…
It’s just too good!
I have read this book two times in one dya and i still like it as if i was reading it for the first time!!!
This was the best book I have ever read! It is so touching and unique because the main character is not a human. Also, it shows that animals have love and have feelings. I totally recommend the book, play and movie!
Saffron Brown says:
great book! I told my class about it and now EVERYONE is reading it, including the teacher!
War horse is one of my favourites. it is a great touching story about how world war 1 would be like and how Joey is brought up. From a horse on a farm to a horse in the war. They also realize that the real heroes, are lying out in France. Alongside topthorn, captain Nichoels, little Emily, David and Friedrich.
I haven’t read this book myself but a lot of people have recommended it to me. And its gone world wide so its definitely worth reading
I have and I want to buy this book so much but I think it’s a bit hard to find in Malaysia bookstore…
Albert is sooo lucky to have Joey around him!! So does the cavalry…
The book is really good, it gets to my heart and I love all of his books but War Horse is the best one.
An amazing easy to read book. I could not put it down, I read on through tears and smiles, a book that truly touches the heart and mind. My daughter read it in 2 days and at 12 said it was one of the best books she had read, she too could not put it down. This book is so suitable for any age group-very powerful.
War Horse is an incredibly moving story and a great chaos in the first world war this is not any ordinary horse he is one of a kind, he saves many lives and broken hearts!!!
John Broom says:
This is an incredible book. Michael Morpurgo displays the great talent of talking only to you. He is in the same class as Hemingway, Steinbeck & Dickens. My first Morpurgo read, but not my last. His books should be required reading at school. They show that hope and love can shine through, whatever happens.
lincoln master says:
Well, the movie is amazing and i’m reading the book at the moment and it is so amazing !
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