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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. ~ Julia Eccleshare
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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A powerful and inspiring tale of redemption from the author of War Horse. I know a good sort when I see one. That's why I've taken him on. That's why I took you on. When a young lad strays into bad behaviour and thieving, he soon finds himself in Borstal prison for young men, lonely and without hope. But when Mr Alfie, who manages the stables, asks him to care for and tame a damaged horse, both are given a second chance. Could this bad lad 's skill with horses help him follow his dreams?
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.
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
Publication date: 05/11/2015
Publisher: Piccadilly Press Ltd an imprint of Templar Publishing
|Publication date:||5th November 2015|
|Publisher:||Piccadilly Press Ltd an imprint of Templar Publishing|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
Winner of J M Barrie Award 2016 March 16 was Michael Morpurgo month on Lovereading4kids - click here to view the favourites we selected on themes of Legends, Animals, War and Journeys. Michael Morpurgo, OBE, MBE, is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. He was appointed Children’s Laureate in May 2003, a post he helped to set up with his friend Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007. He has written over 120 books, including Kensuke’s Kingdom which won the Children’...More About Michael Morpurgo
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