Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Written by Michael Morpurgo
Illustrated by Michael Foreman
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The Lovereading4Kids comment
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of how the relationship between a man – who starts work in the prison stable - and a horse can change a life forever, when you show someone how to follow their dreams.
Master storyteller and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo tells a heart-warming story of how a bad lad becomes a good lad as a result of being treated well and finding something to be good at and to love. A grandpa tells his life story evocatively capturing the changes that came over him when he was given the chance to take care of horses that he loved and cherished. Michael Foreman’s stunning illustrations capture the mood of the story perfectly.
A message from Philippa Perry who works at the publisher:
'Of the 20 or so books the two Michaels have written and illustrated together, I think this is truly one of the best and I heartily recommend it.'
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Not Bad for a Bad Lad a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'He was bad, he knew he was bad but when the grandfather is telling the story he always sees something positive about what and why it was happening.'
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad by Michael Morpurgo
This is the wonderfully moving story of redemption from one of the greatest living children's writers Micheal Morpurgo and featuring stunning illustrations from three-time Greenaway Medal winner Michael Foreman. When a young boy gets a reputation for being naughty at school, he reacts by being the bad lad that everyone expects. Leaving school at fourteen, he becomes a thief and eventually ends up in Hollesley Prison. But Mr Alfie, the stable manager, decides to give the boy a chance, letting him look after the horses.
From the author of best-selling War Horse, comes another powerful story featuring a horse and a boy. Also includes a fact-packed historical section.
A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review Not Bad For A Bad Lad. You ca read their reviews below.
Tilly Dickinson, age 9 - 'He was bad, he knew he was bad but when the grandfather is telling the story he always sees something positive about what and why it was happening.' Click Here to read the full review.
Alexander Butler, age 9 - 'The whole story is about a little boy who keeps getting into a lot of trouble and is sent to prison, but changes when he starts working in the stables. I loved the book and I'd say it would be suitable for children about 6-14 years old.' Click Here to read the full review.
Further Praise for Not Bad for a Bad Lad.
"A classic collaboration and a tale of redemption." Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“… the message is that youngsters need to feel good about themselves." Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times
"This is a beautiful book, from cover to cover, and a beautiful story too. …" Armadillo Magazine
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