Published: August 2007
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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Saturday, 25th October 2014
It is rather unusual for a children’s author to fill his books with war and violence, but for beloved writer Michael Morpurgo, conflict became the common thread in his creations.
He told CNN in an interview that aired on Thursday,
“I care about war because I’m a war child. I was born in ‘43 and grew up with the Second World War, the damage that had wrought on people and societies and families and buildings… and I’ve played in bomb sites. I grew up with all that world of war around me,”
Monday, 20th October 2014
Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo joined Joey, the life-size horse puppet and star of the National Theatre’s production of War Horse, to visit the poppies installation at the Tower of London on Sunday 19 October. Joey walked amongst the poppies and Michael Morpurgo planted a poppy before reading the Roll of Honour.
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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…..
it’s fab love it
War Horse is awesome I’m currently reading at school for 100 years after WWI started but we’ve only stared recently and it is getting interesting.
It’s very cool.
I like war horse
I thought War Horse was fab and we are going to watch the play soon!
The film is so good, but i feel so sad for Joey because he was parted from his mother
This book is absolutely amazing and I cannot even begin to describe how much I love this book everyone should read this now
My daughter and I are reading it together; I find myself looking forward to our daily readings together at night and caring about Joey and what’s happening to him. We both have fallen in love with Joey and this wonderful, yet sad, yet beautiful story. THANK YOU!
This book was amazing
(not even not lying)
I have not finished yet but i am loving it all ready
I think that war horse was a fascinating book, enriched with incredible language, and a way to make you actually feel for the horses in WWI. I found the conversations in it, be German, British or French, intriguingly gripping, an I can tell that it is going to be an incredible story.