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War Horse

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Rae Smith

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LoveReading View on War Horse

All the magic of the National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse is brought to life in this beautifully designed edition of Michael Morpurgo’s classic. Rae Smith’s iconic designs for the sets, costumes and the rest vividly bring the story to life. A centre page fold-out giving packs an enormous punch as it brings to life the terrible experiences of being in the trenches.

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War Horse Synopsis

1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. In the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him.

In this beautiful edition of War Horse, Rae Smith's (the stage designer of the award-winning National Theatre production which is currently showing around the world) extraordinary illustrations bring to life a story of war and reconciliation with stunning vitality. War Horse has sold over a million copies and been adapted into a hit stage show and an Oscar-nominated feature film directed by Stephen Spielberg.

This edition features the remarkable artwork of Olivier award-winning Rae Smith,.

War Horse Reader Reviews

A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review War Horse. You can read their full reviews by Clicking Here.

  • Lauren M, age 11 - 'This book is amazing...If you like or really love horses this is a book for you.'  
  • Layla K, age 11 - 'If you love or like horses read this book - it is brilliant! You will love it.'  
  • Jessica Bolton, age 10 - 'Although there are some sad parts it’s an amazing adventure of a normal horse sent to war.... A sad but exciting story.'  
  • Ryan Tamplin - 'War Horse is a long and sad book about a horse called Joey who is in a war and at the end he is stuck in no-man’s land.'

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781405271882
Publication date: 31/07/2014
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781405267960
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781405226660
Publication date: 06/08/2007
Publisher: Egmont Childrens Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405267960
Publication date: 7th November 2013
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Rae Smith
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Michael Morpurgo

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, ...

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