War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
An exceptionally poignant story of one horse's experience in the First World War.
In 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the frontline. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him.
Michael Morpurgo is a national treasure, a former Children's Laureate and the author of many book's that are beloved by children, parents and teachers alike. Kensuke's Kingdom, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and King of the Cloud Forests are amongst his most read and enjoyed stories but it is for War Horse for which he is currently best known.
In World War I over ten million humans, mainly young men, died. The war also claimed the lives of over six million horses. And it this horrifying period of world history that forms the backdrop for War Horse, a tragic tale that is told from the viewpoint of the horse, Joey. It is a tale that cleverly portrays the ridiculousness of war by showing the horse's complete incomprehension of what was unfolding in the trenches and on the battlefield; the horse is simply unable to comprehend how - or why - anybody or anything would behave in such a violent, unthinking way and be able to commit such horrific acts. War Horse highlights human cruelty and human disdain for both animals and each other whilst also highlighting just how powerful love and courage can be. It is extremely well written, features exemplary character development and is a book that will allow younger readers to understand the horrors their great grandparents were forced faced in order to battle tyranny and retain freedom.
The final say on War Horse should always go, whenever possible to those it has been written for. A glance at the reader reviews below will show you the impact it has had upon them, and how emotional the reading expereince was for them.
"Incredible. Beautiful. Emotionally amazing. I could not live without this book!"
Ella from Hampshire.
"This was the best book I have ever read. Words can't describe how good it was. Just read it."
Jordan from America.
"I thought War Horse was brilliant! It is the most touching book I have ever read, and I would recommend it to anyone, even if they aren't animal lovers!" concurs Megan from Stafford. "This is one of the best books I have ever read and I would recommend it to everyone as it not only touches the hearts of any animal lover, but it also shows you the dreadful conditions of the First World War and the hardships they must have faced."
Grace from England.
"This book was recommended to me by a friend and to put it into a few words... I loved it. I laughed and cried, I love reading." Jessica from Tamworth.
If you are thinking of reading War Horse then have must read through the many reader comments below as they are as insightful and as honest as you could possibly wish for.
Michael Morpurgo has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. His novels have been adapted for film (My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came, War Horse) and stage (including, Kensuke's Kingdom for the Polka Theatre and Why the Whales Came for Alibi). Michael received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature.
This War Horse book review was written by Floresiensis
Katie from Norfolk
It was amazing, I cried loads because it was so sad but then I laughed when it was funny. Michael Morpurgo did a good job of putting emotional language in there, he also made it incredibly realistic at points I could see the image he was talking about and I felt that I was there. I'm learning about War Horse in my English class at the moment and its making me sad because I know what's going to happen next! Honestly though if you haven't read it YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!
N/A from United Kingdom
I'm 12. I think this is a really good book, learning it in English. Amazing. 10 stars.
Ramiz from England
It's a interesting book. I think you should read this book. It's the best book I have ever read.
Matthew from England
I'm 12 and found the book AMAZING! Everyone in the world should have a chance to read this book.
Mohamed from London
This book is so amazing, I can read it until I am dead. I cried a little bit. But you have to read it. Thank you Michael Morpurgo.
Jake Smith from Ammanford, Wales
I'm 12 and this book was enjoyable and amazing.
That Creeper from My Yard
This book was fantastic, I kinda want a #2.
Ashley from Michigan, US
This book was amazing! I read it in school and I'm only 12 but I want to buy it so bad! I just can't find it anywhere!
Mia from England
It was an amazing book!!! I couldn't stop reading it! I would take it every where with me! Anyone who hasn't read it yet, READ IT!
a person from who lives in a house
Wow this book is absolutely amazing I really can't put into words how fabulously awesome this really is. Thank you Micheal Morpurgo for writing this book I really think he should write another book about Joey's life later on after the war and if Albert's dad sort's his life out or not?
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