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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007357788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007357789
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.

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Praise for An Elephant in the Garden

"This is a handsome, very pickupable book. Brightly and informatively jacketed, its text punctuated by lovely, fluid ink and wash illustrations by Michael Foreman, it deserves a prominent place on school library bookshelves and, if there is any justice in the world, in bookshops."
Guardian

"A thrilling and moving new novel about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war, for anyone who loved The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or The Butterfly Lion!" Waterstones

"For readers aged eight and over, this captivating novel offers an insight into how Hitler came to power, refracted through the gaze of the young narrator."
Telegraph

"Following the stage success of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo returns with another gem in his animals in war series, An Elephant in the Garden."
Telegraph

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain’s best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include ‘Shadow’, ‘A Medal for Leroy’ and ‘Little Manfred’.

His novel ‘War Horse’ has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children’s Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.


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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 18 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is an exciting story set in the Second World War in Germany, showing a different side of the war. This novel involves an old woman retelling her life story to a child named Karl. A gripping tale, with brilliant characters, who become refugees with an elephant. The ending is good and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did. I would say that this book would inspire children aged 9 to 14, although my grandmother enjoyed reading it to me!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Delta on 15 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This was bought to entertain us (2 adults and an 8 year old) on a long car journey. It was enjoyed by us all. Like many Morpurgo books it confronts some difficult issues, but given that it was set in WWII it was not as hard hitting as I feared it might be. It offers a heart warming story set against the background of the end of WWII in Germany. Beautifully written and read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By meganwonderdog on 8 Aug. 2011
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There is something about the way Michael Morpurgo writes that makes you want to race through his books while at the same time savouring every word.

I absolutely fell in love with this book. I laughed and cried and I wanted to take care of the whole family. What a brilliant story!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rena on 9 Feb. 2014
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The book is amazing and is about world war two it tells a different side of the story and at points makes you want to cry I was reading this book at school as we are doing about world war two we had to finish it by the weekend but left the book at school so bought it on my kindle
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leela Attfield on 3 Sept. 2011
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I very much enjoyed this book and in fact I had to buy two copies, because I had already given the first copy to my grandson aged ten, when I realised that a friend of mine aged 16 would also enjoy it and needed a copy, as he had already shared War Horse with me some time ago. Like all Michael Morpurgo's books, it is accessible and well written. It's particularly interesting to get under the skin of a German family caught in Dresden in the final months of the Second World War as the British bombers firebomb this historic city.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is truly beautiful! Michael Morpurgo`s mind blowing book draws me to the screen of my kindle instantly. This book shows you the emotional side to the world war, it shows you the german side to the war. I am not a comitted reader but this book has an exception as i was glued to this poweful book it holds an unusual plot but takes you on a gripping rollercoaster! So sit back and strap in because this book takes you on an incredible journey. Enjoy!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Penny D on 24 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
In my ignorance and being an 'older' person, I have decided to read as many Michael Morpurgo books as possible. I was completely blown away by this story and could not put it down until finished. How important to read books that tell a story from other peoples' points of view, the bombing of Dresden was so awful, and hopefully this book would give young people some idea of what went on in the 1940s. I am old enough to remember the war as a very young little girl, so I suppose I could almost 'be in' the story and to a certain extent understand what was happening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Mather on 25 July 2011
Format: Paperback
An interesting story, depicting the problems faced by a small family, trying to escape from Germany on foot with an Englishman. In my opinion it would certainly interest a child who read it. However, as an adult, it did remind me a little of Neville Shute`s book "The Pied Piper" but he didn`t have an elephant to look after.
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