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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017
Master-storyteller Michael Morpurgo adds a witty twist to the classic story The Wizard of Oz in his hugely entertaining re-imagining of the original. Here, Dorothy’s pet dog Papa Toto, who accompanied her on the long journey, tells the story of the amazing adventures in the Land of Oz to his eager young puppies. All the drama of the original story and especially all the charm of the iconic characters The Tin Woodman, The Scarecrow and the Lion is retained while Morpurgo also adds details of his own including the delightful relationship between Dorothy and Toto. Emma Chichester Clark stunning colour illustrations makes the book one to treasure.
Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for September 2017
Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony by Chris Riddell
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
This Book Isn't Safe! by Colin Furze
The Grotlyn by Benji Davies
Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of The Wizard of Oz by Michael Morpurgo
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Birthday Boy by David Baddiel
I was there, Papa Toto said, and those magic words sent shivers down my spine. It was going to be the Wizard story. Dorothy and me were both there. We were all silent, snuggled up together, waiting, waiting.Then Papa Toto began...
When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house - only to be plucked into the air and whisked away! Coming down with a crash in the mysterious land of Oz, the pair meet a series of extraordinary characters: a scarecrow who believes he has no brains, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion who may not be as cowardly as he thinks he is. But Toto and Dorothy are desperate to return home - after all, home is home, and home is best! So they set off with their new friends on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the only person who might be able to help them: the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But what they find might surprise them. And on the way, all of them will learn that what they think they are missing might have been there, all along...
Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is an unforgettable telling of a classic story, and a must for every bookshelf.
Praise for Michael Morpurgo:
Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals, conveying the big emotions without preaching. Guardian
Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects. Daily Telegraph
There are few children's writers as compelling as Michael Morpurgo. Daily Express
Morpurgo, as always, is subtle and skilful, and incorporates social and moral issues into his writing without being self-righteous or detracting from the quality of the narrative Elizabeth Reilly, British Council
The former children's laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers. Guardian
|Publication date:||1st September 2017|
|Illustrator:||Emma Chichester Clark|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks|
Michael Morpurgo, began writing stories in the early '70's, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent. One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity. He has written over 150 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, ...More About Michael Morpurgo