Guest Editor - Michael Morpurgo Guest Editor - Michael Morpurgo

This month’s Guest Editor, former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo needs little introduction. He is one of the most successful children's authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike As this month’s Guest Editor on Lovereading4kids he has selected a handful of titles that are, for him, intensely memorable.

Featured Books

Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo - illustrated by Michael Foreman
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...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2010
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An Elephant in the Garden
Michael Morpurgo
Once again the former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, weaves an intensely moving story about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war. It's World War Two in Germany, the animals in Dresden are to be killed because of...
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Format: Hardback | Released 27/05/2010
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Reader ReviewedWar Horse
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo's tender story of Joey, a brave hearted farm horse who finds himself caught up in the horrors of war, cleverly conveys both the violence and the occasional compassion, which occurs during conflict. A classic story of animal courage...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2007
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Reader ReviewedThe White Horse Of Zennor
Michael Morpurgo
From former Children's Laureate and award-winning author Michael Morpurgo comes an utterly absorbing, yet haunting tale created in the form of linked stories that will grip the reader from the very first page. Set in Cornwall so great for all...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/2008
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Reader ReviewedBorn To Run
Michael Morpurgo
This is a novel that will really pull on the heartstrings and one that will stick in your mind long after you've finished it. But rest assured, anyone who has a love of animals will warm to this story of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2007
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Reader ReviewedThe Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award category, ‘the book I couldn't put down' The Story of Adolphus Tips is told in a diary. It tells the story of one brave cat and movingly brings to life a true story of...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 06/02/2006
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Reader ReviewedRunning Wild
Michael Morpurgo
Winner of the Independent Booksellers' Prize 2010. Prize-winning author Michael Morpurgo's new novel is a towering adventure and emotional roller coaster set at the time of a great tsunami. Trying to get over his father's death, Will and his mother...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/05/2010
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Mudpuddle Farm: Six Animal Adventures
Michael Morpurgo
The enjoyable interactions of the animals that live at Mudpuddle Farm are brilliantly brought to life by former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Different animals are highlighted in the six separate adventures. There's the cunning of Mossop the lazy cat who...
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Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2009
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Treasure Island (with an Introduction by Eoin Colfer)
Robert Louis Stevenson
This is a much-loved favourite classic - and here are the thoughts of no less than four of our favourite authors, who all selected it ! June...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/02/2008
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The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear
Edward Lear
Michael Murpurgo, June 2011's Guest Editor, says: "I loved the eccentric drawings, the wonderfully clever rhymes, and head-nodding beat of the limericks. The old man with birds nesting in his beard was my grandfather. No question."
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Format: Paperback | Released 09/04/2001
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The Elephant's Child
Rudyard Kipling - illustrated by Geoffrey Patterson
A favourite of June 2011 Guest Editor Michael Morpurgo, who remembers this as: "The story my mother used to read me most often, because I asked for it again and again. I loved the sheer fun of it, the music...
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Format: Paperback | Released 24/09/2009
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Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
Virginia Lee Burton
A welcome reissue of this American classic, its vigorous crayon illustrations have contemporary appeal as well as delicious period charm. Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne have worked together digging some of the finest roads, canals and railway...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2005
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The Happy Prince and Other Stories
Oscar Wilde - illustrated by Lars Bo
This book is a favourite of June 2011 Guest Editor Michael Morpurgo: "This was the first story, I think, that ever made me cry. What was strange was that I wanted to read it over and over again. It still...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2009
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Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense
Michael Rosen
In the best tradition of nonsense verse, here are poems, rhymes, wordplay and limericks to make everyone smile and laugh out loud. Children will delight in unravelling the meanings of the words and in creating their own nonsense verse.
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/1998
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MICHAEL MORPURGO – A Storytelling Genius

Michael Morpurgo

Michael’s all too rare storytelling genius has been responsible for getting boys and girls hooked on reading from a young age. His ability to weave a story, more often than not around a moment in history is unsurpassed.

He has won numerous book awards including the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal four times. His novels have been adapted for film (My Friend Walter) and stage the best known of which is of course the highly acclaimed War Horse, that has been wowing millions of people in London’s West End and is shortly heading across the pond to Broadway. Michael received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature.

Michael has selected exclusively for Lovereading4kids a handful of titles that have inspired him during his lifetime and those that he still remembers vividly from his childhood including the first book to make him cry, the one his mother read most often to him and the first ‘real’ book he read himself.

And finally, don’t forget to take a look at Michael’s titles that we’ve selected as absolute must reads from his 90 or so published books. Our selection includes his latest books that have just been released, Not Bad for a Lad, Running Wild and Elephant in the Garden. Children of 7+ and adults will be in awe of his storytelling genius.

Why not CLICK HERE to take a peek at Michael’s 10 Rules for Writing.

Finally if you would like to hear Michael read some of his stories - and have a chance to see the life size puppets from his west end hit War Horse then pop along to Sandown Park Racecourse on 21 August. Click here to find out more.

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