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In the children’s corner: War Horse

In the Children’s Corner: War Horse

Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse


In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. The bedlam of battle had begun. All around me men cried and fell to the ground, and horses reared and screamed in an agony of fear and pain. The shells whined and roared overhead, and every explosion seemed like an earthquake to us. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. This is his story.


A beautiful, heartfelt story. Absolutely brilliant. It’s a book for children and adults alike. Become Joey and witness the First World War through his eyes. Follow Joey through his trials and tribulations, through his friendships and sorrow. It’s a gem. It is brilliantly written and keeps you hooked until the very end. While the idea of the novel, set through the eyes of a horse, may be slightly cliché, but it does really work.

I’ve not read a book for children, since I was….a child myself. Well that’s not strictly true I have read the Harry Potter novels. But apart from that, this is the first one I’ve picked up since. After someone recommended I read Michael Morpurgo, I went to the library shelf and picked up War Horse, and I’m glad I did.

Warning: may bring a tear or two to your eye. Emotional stuff which really shows the futility of war and the importance of friendship.

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