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Farm Boy Hardcover – 16 Oct 1997

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chrysalis Children's Books; First Edition edition (16 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857938747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857938746
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,333,757 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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‘Here is a very important book, combining the very best of storytelling and illustration.’
JUNIOR EDUCATION

‘If there are such things as contemporary classics, then this, surely is one of them.’
Daily Mail

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Set on a farm in rural Devon, this is a collection of Grandpa’s reminiscences and stories as told to his grandson. Grandpa’s nature and his touching relationship with the boy is evoked superbly by Michael Morpurgo’s writing.

This two-voice read brings the characters to life as the story of Grandpa’s ‘shame’ (the fact that he cannot read and write) unfolds.

Derek Jacobi is sensitive and compelling in the role of Grandpa, inspiring a true sense of achievement and triumph as he finally tells his own story in his own words.

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a beautifully illustrated book by Michael Foreman,which captures life on a rural Devon farm between the wars.It features Joey,an extraordinary horse,who is the inspiration for Morpurgo's book 'War Horse'.Morpurgo once again deals with relationships between the young and the old, this time the grandson helps the grandfather to read and write and in return the old man retells stories of his youth. These he writes down for his grandson to take with him on his travels.The main story is about a ploughing match and how modern methods are not always the best!This is a wonderful book for young and old,some who may actually recognize the farming advertisements of yesteryear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mandy nunn on 5 Jan. 2013
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I loved war horse an this book was no different i don't agree with other comments that it was repetitive to war horse at all, was a little on the short side which is why I gave it a 4 , not sure the price is too justified either I read this in an hour. But a good read all the same!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ben Kane on 4 Oct. 2011
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Having recently read and loved War Horse, I was then lucky enough to see the stage production in London. Finding there that there was a sequel - Farm Boy - to War Horse, I bought it soon afterwards.

This is a shorter tale than the first book. While it doesn't carry the emotional punch of War Horse, it is nonetheless a charming and well-written story of the relationship between the narrator and his grandfather. Through them we find out what happened to Joey, the horse who went to war and against all odds, returned safely with his owner. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout, and I would recommend it highly as an excellent read.

Ben Kane, author of Hannibal: Enemy of Rome.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Mo on 5 April 2005
Format: Paperback
This story takes place over a relatively short amount of time and yet spans three generations. Michael Morpurgo gives us two contrasting first person narratives that illustrate the relationship between a grandson and his grandfather. The main narrative is that of the grandson, which is very much based in reality. On the other hand grandpa's story is what I would call a tale because it concentrates on incident rather than character and is closer to the oral tradition in terms of the use of dialect. This narrative is woven into the other. The distance between the two narratives is through time; however, they are very close due to the setting. Morpurgo uses several motifs such as the ideals of now and then and lost tradition. The lead motifs are an old Fordson Tractor and a horse called Joey.
Joey has his own story which takes part in World War I, however in this story it is Grandpa who is central. The opening of the book introduces us to the grandson and the old green Fordson tractor which form part of his daydreams. Although there is no apparent link at first, the tractor is also an integral part of the story; a story that unfolds when the old man takes his grandson into his confidence and discloses his secret (he can not read). After being taught to read by his grandson, Grandpa writes him a story about how the tractor was won in a ploughing race between it and his fathers horses (Joey and Zoey).
Michael Foreman brings the settings alive with his detailed water colour illustrations which are printed in black and white (In my edition). The primary setting for the book is the family farm in rural Devon. However, through Grandpa's reminiscing we also see a glimpse of World War I.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Mehajabeen Farid on 12 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
Who are the main characters? Who is your favourite character and why?
Grandpa, his grandson, Joey and Zoey the horses, Mum and Dad

What is the basic plot of the book and how does it develop?
The plot of the story is that the boy in the story goes to stay at his grandfathers house just for the holidays but actually ends up staying for a couple of months to teach his grandpa to read and write. He helped with the farm work and he really enjoyed the stay.

How would you describe the atmosphere of the book?
It is a powerful story of family life, changing times, a competition between an old green tractor
and a powerful plough horse named Joey that will never be forgotten.

What was the most exciting moment in the book?
Well it is very exciting when the grandpa has to take over from his father in a bet.

What were the best and worst things about this book?
I think it was all good especially because it was like a diary entry. One bad thing is that it doesn't mention the name of the boy in the story.

Did this book change the way you thought or felt about anything?
Well know I realise that farmers have a reasonably good life because before I though that they have a very difficult and hard life.

Who do you think would like this book?
I think that children from 7 - 11 would enjoy reading this book.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This beautiful and fabulous book is called 'Farm Boy'. The author is called Michael Morpurgo and is published by Harper Collins.
Michael Morpurgo is a famous author who writes stories about the countryside. He likes to write his stories about the relationships between humans and animals. He used to be a school teacher and realised he was good at writing stories and so decided to do this for a new job.
It begins with a grandson finding out about Grandfather's past. He promises his grandfather to teach him to read and write. Grandpa in return tells the grandson all about his life many years ago. He writes a story of his own for his grandson to read. This story is about two special horses called Joey and Zoey and their owner Corporal. His story tells us about Corporal, his father, who takes part in a race with a man called Harry Medlicott. But who wins?
My favourite part of the story is when Harry Medlicott and his tractor fell into the ditch because I really wanted Corporal to win the race and this meant he had a chance.
I think lots of different age groups will enjoy this book because it is a nice story and everyone would love to read it. I liked the way Michael Morpurgo set out the writing differently for each character. The pictures inside are really detailed.
I would recommend this book because it is a lovely story about a farm boy and his grandpa.
Overall, I love this book. It is fantastic and it makes me laugh. I think you will enjoy it too.

By Red 3
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