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Our Jacko

Written by Sir Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by David Gentleman

Our Jacko Synopsis

A deeply personal and tender story of war, peace and those who are left behind. One hundred years after the war to end all wars, Jacko's descendants discover his notebook and the untold stories tucked in its pages. This war is a nightmare that one day I shall wake from and then forget. And if I don't wake, then you shall never know. I don't want you ever to know. No one seems to know where the scruffy tin hat came from - just that it is very old, from some war or other long ago. To young Michael and his family it has its uses today: as a child's toy, a feeding bowl for the hens, a hanging basket... Then Michael discovers that it belonged to his great-great-grandfather, Our Jacko , who lost his life at Ypres in 1915. As the boy digs deeper, he finds the young soldier's diary and learns more about his forgotten ancestor - husband, father, poet, actor - who died so tragically young. And it becomes clear exactly how Our Jacko should be commemorated.

Our Jacko Press Reviews

Perfectly sized for a stocking filler. * The Times (Saturday Review) * [...] a personal and tender story of war and peace [...] * The Bookseller *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406366136
Publication date: 1st November 2018
Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: David Gentleman
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 64 pages

About Sir Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo was 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, has written over 100 books and is the winner of many awards, including the Whitbread Children's Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize, the Blue Peter Award and the Red House Children's Book Award. His books are translated and read around the world and his hugely popular novel War Horse is now both a critically acclaimed stage play and a highly successful film. Michael and his wife, Clare, live in Devon. Visit Michael's website at: David Gentleman is an artist, illustrator, designer and author. His books include David Gentleman's Britain and related books ...

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