Wednesday, August 8, 2012

'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo

Publisher: Egmont

ISBN: 978-1-4052-2666-0

Length: 182 Pages

Opening Line: 'In the old school they use now for the Village Hall, below the clock that has stood always at one minute past ten, hangs a small dusty painting of a horse.'

The 'Blurb': 'A powerful story of the truest of friendships in the worst of wars from the award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo.'


Having seen the film adaptation of this novel, I was interested to see how it differs from the original text. The plot of  the novel 'War Horse' may be slightly simpler than the film version, but I think it is its simplicity, that makes this book more powerful. Even though this is a children's book, Morpurgo doesn't dumb down the effect that the war has on the soldiers and horse involved in the fighting and neither does it glamourize it. I did have some trepidation about the fact that a horse is the narrator of this story, but I think it works. This isn't a cute story about a horse, but a powerful message that war is useless and not everyone who is involved, wants to be there.

Is this worth a read?

If you love animals or a book with heart, then yes I would suggest reading this book. It would also be a great book to share with children, to educate them about the effects of war.


  1. Great review Spangle! Need to read this

  2. Great review. Loved the movie. The captured emotions between the horse and the young man, later a soldier. The truth that war kills and everyone struggle with it comes out beautifully. I think Mr. Spielberg and co made a excellent movie to watch for young and old.