War Horse

Age: 9+

Published: August 2007

ISBN: 9781405226660

Format: Paperback

Other editions

  • Hardback: 9781405255431
  • Ebook: 9781405249331
  • Audio CD: 9780007357444
  • Film Edition: 9781405259415
  • Reader: 9780007437269
A Michael Morpurgo Month Pick!

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.

“Not since Black Beauty has there been a book like this one. War Horse also tells the plight of the soldiers, both German and English and the horrors that they went through. It made me cry but the ending made me smile as well. I think everyone should read it and Anna Sewell would have been proud of it!” T.J. Measures (Amazon reviewer)

From War Horse to Farm Boy, The Dancing Bear to Born to Run, Michael Morpurgo talks about the animal theme in his books.


Runner-up for the Whitbread Award

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The best book ever I love it so so so much the best book I ever read

War Horse is amazing we got to see it at the new London Theatre

I have read this book twice and every page I turn a tear runs down my face or a smile grows. I love this book so much , I am going to rate it a 1000000000000000 out of 100. But what I really love about Michael’s books is that in the nine and over books even though the book is for nine year olds and over he dumbs down his words.I love your books Michael and I will treasure them so much.

THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY!!!!!! IT’S THAT GOOD!!!!! I don’t know what’s happen to me when I read this book but I could not stop talking a bout it! I mean what a friendship with the house and the boy! May even be stronger then the friendship with Tommo and Charlie in Privet Peaceful! ” Oranges and Lemons!”



Absolutely adore his books !! I think he is a fantastic author and finds it incredibly emotional and intense story !! Love it !!

This book is really intense and inspiring. I love every single book that Michael produces and I am always looking forward to the next ones. This book really teaches you a lesson; to never give up, and to never give up on your animal or pet. I loved this book so much that I went and saw the film. In the play, I love the fact that the horses are puppets and the people controlling them are really cleaver to be able to do that!

His books are simply fabulous and even I think it is the best BOOK EVER.

I think the WAR HORSE book is great. The film is equally as good , I’m going to the play soon and I’ve been told that it’s very good. I’ve also seen pictures of the puppet horses and they look epic!

Stunning and emotional book to read, close bonds

War horse is such an expiring book where it officially makes people believe that animals are very important of the nature .

WAR HORSE is about a very special brave horse who has stamina an has a   perfect white cross down his nose he suddenly has to go to the BRITISH ARMY   war and lives his loveable friend ALBERT alone they all die at war except for joey people say that war horse   is just a made up book but that’s not true it helps kids been more mature to animals I think Michael Morpurgo is the best author in the whole world .

Thank you and i hope you enjoyed it.

Such an amazing inspiring book. a massive recommendation to people who are thinking of reading it!

My only words are best book ever. I mean, Michael Morpurgo is the best author ever.

Who wouldn’t read this? This incomparable and outstanding book has made me cry to bits but leap for joy at the same time. My absolute favourite part was when Albert was joined with Joey again because there is not something more powerful than friendship. This book has inspired me a lot and has made me want to read on until the end! I’ve read hundreds of Michael Morpurgo’s books however this one (I believe) is the most inspiring, dramatic and best one so far. I recommend this amazing book to youngsters and adults and trust me after reading this marvellous, beautiful book you will feel surprised for what happens in this uplifting story…


Who can’t love this book? A beautifully written book about one horse’s journey through war, exactly how the horse saw it! I love it when Joey was reunited with Albert. I have never come across another book that sucks you straight into the action like War Horse does. I have read a lot of Morpurgo’s books but this is by far the most amazing and captivating of them all!


This book made me want to keep on reading to find out what happens next. It had lots of exciting parts but sad parts too. In the part where Joey was struggling for survival and how he was so terrified was described really well. It made me feel sad for Joey and I just hoped that he would live. The joy that Joey had experienced with horses and men made me happy.  Since I have not read many books to do with war this was really different for me.  Throughout the book I felt sad because in my mind I pictured the war. The amount of chaos, pain, mud and gunfire was astonishing. But with each character that looked after Joey were all really nice and had a large amount of respect for horses. It gave me happiness because at that time, after all Joey had been through, he also found happiness. 
I was never sure if Joey could reunite with Albert and I was eager to find out. It shows us from a different perspective of what it was like for a war horse and how he could have felt. The book showed a bond that never broke, a father who had changed for the better and a promise that was kept. 

Best book ever i love your books:)

This book was amazing… It really shows how we are all so lucky that we have vets and doctors to do heaps of this stuff and they can almost cure anything.this book shows bravery,sadness,honour and many more things it is by far one of the best books I’ve read and it really shows how much horses got used in the w w 1 as well as the respect people gave them. Can’t wait to read Micheal’s other books…..  smile smile

it’s fab love it

I loved this book, it is happy and sad and really brings home the horror of war
any body of any age will love this book! it is so good michael morpurgo is one of the best authors ever! he writes the book as if he if joey but warning to all the emotinal readers this book will make you sad.. To prove its so good they even made a film out of it!
This is a real tug at the heart strings book which highlights all the positive attributes in both humans and animal alike.
Even for a grown man, this brought tears to my eyes !!
A fabulous book, my son thought Joey was the best horse ever which is high praise indeed