Michael Morpurgo OBE was born in 1943 in St Albans and was educated at Kings Canterbury, Sandhurst and Kings College London. He taught for ten years in both state and private schools and is married with three children and six grandchildren.
His first book was published in 1975 and he has since published over 100 titles. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. Michael's books have also been adapted for film and the stage, including most recently the National Theatre's enormously successful production of War Horse.
Together with his wife Clare he founded Farms for City Children, an educational charity, in 1976. The organisation now runs three farms welcoming over 3,000 children a year. In 1999 he was awarded an MBE for services to youth, and in 2006 he was awarded an OBE.
His books have won the Whitbread Award (The Wreck Of Zanzibar), the Smarties Book Prize (The Butterfly Lion), the Children's Book Award (Kensuke's Kingdom) and Cercle D'Or Prix Sorciere (King Of The Cloud Forests), the Blue Peter Book Award and the Califonia Young Reader Medal (Private Peaceful), the Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award (Alone On A Wide Wide Sea) and several have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
Michael was Children's Laureate from 2003-2005.
Michael Foreman is an award-winning illustrator of over 180 books. He has contributed to books by Roald Dahl, Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens, as well as writing and illustrating his own books. Prizes include the Kate Greenaway Award (twice for 'Longneck and Thunderfoot' and 'War Boy: A Country Childhood'), the Smarties Book Prize ('War Game'), the Kurt Maschler Award ('Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales'), the Children’s Book Award and the Bologna Book Prize. His titles for Egmont include 'The Best Christmas Present in the World' and 'Kensuke's Kingdom'.
Michael Morpurgo - fab as always .. bought for my teen and she loved it - read several times! Arrived on time and in perfect condition.Published 5 days ago by annette
Have given the book to grandchildren who say they are enjoying it.Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Jacqueline C. Knowles
This is a bit confusing so I would probs recomend it to 10+Published 7 months ago by ellie alexander
Children enjoy these slightly spooky stories. Some involve death so be aware not suitable for younger children. Have read to 10 / 11 yr olds who could cope with it.Published 12 months ago by Will Day