Michael Morpurgo followed up his best-selling War Horse with this sequel which brilliantly describes life in the Devon countryside at the time of World War 1. Visiting his grandpa on the farm, a young boy loves to listen to the stories he tells. These include how, as a boy, his heart was broken when his beloved horse Joey was sent away to fight. Determined that they would stay together, even though he was too young to do so at the time, Grandpa signed up so that he could find his horse. Grandpa’s stories take the reader back to World War 1 and the time soon after – including the excitement of a ploughing match - but Grandpa also has a secret to share and he needs his grandson’s help to put it right!
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Farm Boy Lion a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I really like this book, not only because of the beautiful drawings and the historical tractor, but mostly because of how simple it is. With two characters, and one scene, it really shows what a success a book can be even if it is short and simple, and also gives the word that writing is always about the quality, not the quantity'
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The magical sequel to 'War Horse', soon to be a major motion picture. Joey was the last working horse on the farm, and the apple of Grandpa's eye. In War Horse, Joey was sent away from the farm to be a warhorse in WWI. Grandpa had joined the cavalry in order to find, and fight, with Joey. Farm Boy brings us forward fifty years with Grandpa not only telling his grandson, Joey's story but also a 'shameful secret' which he has held for years...The story is set in Iddesleigh in Devon and lovingly evokes the bonds between farm and farmer; grandson and grandfather. The spirit of rural life is superbly captured in both Michael Morpurgo's writing and Michael Foreman's illustrations. An irresistible title from acclaimed author-illustrator partnership.
We have asked a select number of children to review Farm Boy. You can read their reviews below.
Aimee Sweet, age 13 - 'I really like this book, not only because of the beautiful drawings and the historical tractor, but mostly because of how simple it is. With two characters, and one scene, it really shows what a success a book can be even if it is short and simple, and also gives the word that writing is always about the quality, not the quantity.' Click Here to read the full review.
Josh Hall, age 13 - 'Nowhere near as good as War Horse and far too short.' Click Here to read the full review.
Further praise for Farm Boy.
'Here is a very important book, combining the very best of storytelling and illustration.'
'If there are such things as contemporary classics, then this, surely is one of them.' Daily Mail
Praise for SHADOW:
As ever, Morpurgo's warmth and humanity suffuse a story of courage, love and hope. - Amanda Craig, The Times
passionate and touching - Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading
Praise for AN ELEPHANT IN THE GARDEN:
This is a handsome, very pickupable book. Brightly and informatively jacketed, its text punctuated by lovely, fluid ink and wash illustrations by Michael Foreman, it deserves a prominent place on school library bookshelves and, if there is any justice in the world, in bookshops. Guardian
A thrilling and moving new novel about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war, for anyone who loved The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or The Butterfly Lion! Waterstones
For readers aged eight and over, this captivating novel offers an insight into how Hitler came to power, refracted through the gaze of the young narrator. Telegraph
Following the stage success of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo returns with another gem in his animals in war series, An Elephant in the Garden. Telegraph
|Publication date:||29th September 2011|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Other Categories:||Audio Books, Reviewed by Children, The First World War|
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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