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Michael Morpurgo

Postby Loony the Dog » 02 Aug 2012, 20:11

I can't believe nobody has barely mentioned this author! :shock: Looking on his website I think I've read about 31 :o of his books - far more than I'd ever thought. I've got about 15 books in my collection the last ones I read were Alone on the wide, wide Sea, Little Foxes, and Long way Home. All great books. It would be hard to choose a favourite but I loved Singing for Mrs Pettingrew, Dear Olly, Little Foxes, and King of the Cloud Forests. He would be up there with some of my top 10 authors, along with Enid Blyton, Lauren St John, Carolyn Keene, and Gordon Korman. Has anybody else read his books? I know Anita has, but I can't remember anybody else. :D
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Re: Michael Morpurgo

Postby Poppy » 01 Oct 2015, 17:53

I've just come across this book online, by Michael Morpurgo - An Eagle In the Snow and it sounds fascinating! It's getting published in October this year and it surrounds WWII and focuses on a true story about a man who could have prevented this terrible war.
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Postby Courtenay » 01 Oct 2015, 19:01

Sounds like another one for you to read and review, Poppy! :D I'd be interested to hear more about it.
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Postby Fiona1986 » 01 Oct 2015, 20:32

I read "The Butterfly Lion" last year as my cousin's son happened to have a copy lying about and I was bored. I enjoyed it and I think there may have been a tear or two shed towards the end! That's the only one of his I've read, though.
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Re: Michael Morpurgo

Postby Poppy » 01 Oct 2015, 20:51

I've read quite a number of Michael Morpurgo books and I am always fascinated by the fact that he says all his books are based on some real-life inspiration. I think he's a really good writer and he's written some fantastic books. My personal favourites are War Horse, Mr Nobody's Eyes and The War of Jenkins' Ear. They all tend to be quite sad though, but nevertheless, they are brilliant stories.

Courtenay wrote:Sounds like another one for you to read and review, Poppy! :D I'd be interested to hear more about it.

Yes, I'll definitely be reviewing it when I get a copy! :D
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Re: Michael Morpurgo

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 01 Oct 2015, 21:42

An Eagle in the Snow does sound good, Poppy. I read a few Michael Morpurgo books some years ago, my favourites being Kensuke's Kingdom and Escape from Shangri-La. The stories weren't very complicated but were thoughtful and beautifully written.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the film and stage versions of War Horse (though I haven't yet read the book) and the film version of Private Peaceful.
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Postby Poppy » 02 Oct 2015, 12:54

Oh I didn't know that there was a film version of Private Peaceful! I've read the book and it was a very powerful and fascinating story. I'll have to look out for the film version.
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Postby Anita Bensoussane » 02 Oct 2015, 14:14

I don't think Private Peaceful got much publicity when it was on at the cinema, which is a pity. I only became aware of it when a friend lent me the DVD.
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Postby Poppy » 02 Oct 2015, 20:16

Yes, that is a shame. I will have a look out for the DVD - I'd be interested in seeing the film.
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Postby Courtenay » 02 Oct 2015, 20:42

I've read the book of War Horse and enjoyed it, but I must say the stage show was even better — it's much more powerful to actually see the story unfolding in front of you, especially with those incredible horse puppets. The awful news is that the stage show is to close in March next year. I was hoping they would keep it going until the end of 2018, when we have the centenary of the end of the war, but apparently not... :cry:

I have seen it twice already, but I'm determined to go one more time before it ends! It is one of the most amazing performances I have ever seen. To anyone here who's been thinking of seeing it and hasn't yet — don't miss your last chance!!

I hadn't heard of Private Peaceful, but it looks like another one I ought to read, and perhaps see the film too if I can.
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Re: Michael Morpurgo

Postby Tony Summerfield » 02 Oct 2015, 22:40

Private Peaceful is by far the most successful book that Michael Morpurgo has written to date. From my files:-

Private Peaceful (October 6th 2003) (Collins) – Carnegie Shortlist, Whitbread shortlist, Guardian Longlist,
Blue Peter Award Winner, Red House Older Winner, Portsmouth Longer Winner, Salford Children’s Book Award,
Stockport KS4 Shortlist, Hampshire Book Award Winner, Southern Schools Book Award Winner,
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Re: Michael Morpurgo

Postby Courtenay » 02 Oct 2015, 23:01

Tony Summerfield wrote:Private Peaceful is by far the most successful book that Michael Morpurgo has written to date.

Even more so than War Horse? :lol: Well, not having kids or any young relatives, I don't keep track of current children's literature very easily. I don't think Michael Morpurgo is nearly as well known in Australia as he is in the UK, either — I don't think I had ever heard of him before I moved here. But quite possibly his books have been selling like hot cakes there for years as well and I simply hadn't noticed! :wink:
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Re: Michael Morpurgo

Postby Courtenay » 10 Jan 2016, 00:15

Hi again everyone,

I'm currently planning another holiday in Cornwall, this time including a couple of days on the Isles of Scilly. I was wondering if there have been any good novels (particularly for children and young people) set in the isles, just to get me in the mood and whet my appetite — I haven't been there before.

According to Wikipedia, five of Michael Morpurgo's books are set in the Isles of Scilly:

Why the Whales Came
The Sleeping Sword
The Wreck of the Zanzibar
Arthur, High King of Britain
Listen to the Moon


Has anyone here read any of those, and if so, would you recommend them?
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Re: Michael Morpurgo

Postby Poppy » 10 Jan 2016, 00:49

I've read two of those Michael Morpurgo books: The Wreck of the Zanzibar and Why the Whales Came and I really enjoyed both. I'd probably recommend the latter more, though because it is such an intriguing and unique story, but both are definitely worth a read. :D
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