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  • Audio Cassette
  • ASIN: B001HJD68G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,241,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Like "Kensuke's Kingdom" Michael Morpurgo gently introduces his young readers to the horrors of World War II: this time through the eyes of a Chelsea Pensioner who was a crack player for Chelsea FC before joining up. Plenty of football for young fans but not too much. Moments of great joy mingle with episodes of great sadness; the illustrations by Michael Foreman are exquisite. My ten year old could not put it down.
Uplifting.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have just finisihed reading this book to my three children, aged 9,8 and 5 and they all sat engrossed throughout not wanting me to stop. It is the story of the life of a Chelsea Pensioner and takes us from his childhood, as a football mad Chelsea supporter, through his WWII service to the present day. The book tackles some difficult issues, such as the concentration camps, but it is done in such a way that even the youngest of my children had no difficulty in dealing with the story. It is a truly wonderful book which takes the reader through the highs and lows of Billy's life and makes you laugh and cry throughout. The illustrations are excellent and when I finished reading it the children went back to look at the pictures again and again. I cannot recommend this book too highly.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Hastie on 7 July 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my 5 and 7 year old boys judging that it was suitable for their age range based on the cover illustration (after all books don't often have age guidance on the backs!). Pretty soon we were into some fairly serious issues about war and alcoholism. I hadn't intended talking to them about the Holocaust until they were a bit older, but the main character is present at the liberation of Belsen.... so we had a lot of discussion about why people do terrible things to others. Anyway I had some concerns that the subject matter was a bit too old for them, but shortly after we finished the book something rather interesting happened that made me so glad we'd read it. As I left school one day a very drunk woman came staggering towards us swearing and shouting abuse. Of course, the children were fascinated and stood staring, whilst I was trying to drag them off before she started giving us too much attention. Later the boys couldn't stop talking about it, particularly her prolific use of the 'f' word. My son asked me if the woman was drunk, and when I confirmed that she was, he asked "Do you think something awful happened to her, like Billy the Kid, and that's why she's drinking, so she'll forget?".

Michael Morpurgo is excellent at developing imperfect adult characters - just like the adults in real children's lives, and I've seen how it helps them make sense of the world around them. We also saw him at the Hay Festival this year - he was wonderfully entertaining for both adults and children and again opened my sons' eyes to a whole new world..... I would recommend this book very highly, but be prepared that the subject matter is not easy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Jones on 6 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book, as my 9 year-old was learning about WW2 at school. My son is dyslexic and find books difficult to read and retaining information. Although I read it to him, he was so engrossed in it that he was recalling the story we had read so far on his way to school each day. Every evening, he was asking me to read him some more of the book before he went to bed.

It is superbly written, in an almost non fictional sense, and I did shed a tear towards the end!

Definitely one to be recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on 7 July 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was amazing! I really, really loved it. It was brilliantly written. I enjoyed it so much, even though I didn't think that I would. It is the moving story of a pensioner who fought in WW2, but had wanted to be a footballer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anon on 25 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
Not a bad book but beware if reading it to your children. My sons school recommended monpurgo books and I read this to my six year old son but I wasnt ready for:

The main characters brother dying in the war
Italians who harboured the main character put up against a wall and shot at point blank range (together with an illustration of the shooting just in case the full horror hadnt sunk in)
Description of dying and dead people at a concentration camp
Main characters entire family being killed by a bomb falling on their house
Main character becoming an alcoholic

Really dont think this is suitable for primary age kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bev on 29 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Have just finished reading this to my 8 year old son who is studying World War 2 this term. I sobbed my way through the final third of the book - as I do with most of Michael Morpurgo's books. A perfect read and a perfect introduction for some of the more terrible events of the last century which cannot be ignored, however painful they are to address with your own children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smp on 11 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
a life story as told by an old man

a life story with many feasible twists and turns

a life story which evokes different emotions

a life story that captivates the reader

a shortish story brilliantly written by michael morpurgo

the cover and title certainly encourages boys to read this book, but this book is for a wide audience of either listeners or readers

i preferred the hard covered version myself
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