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Toro! Toro!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2010
This was a good book,it was the story of a bull and a boy who hates bull fighting.I have read a lot of his books that my mum got me and this was a better one.Bull fighting is cruel.( I bought this book and others by same author to encourage my son who's 10 to think more about the world in general,its history and to challenge his reading skills,I believe it has done that)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2001
This book is about a boy named Antonito who's family lived on a farm in Spain at the time of the Civil War
Antonito helped deliver a black bull and they become firm friends. He names him Paco.
He learns that his uncle is a bull fighter who tells him that Paco will one day be a fighting bull in the bullring, so the boy decides to set Paco free and run away. While setting his bull free, Antonito hears bombing in his village and returns home to find his family are all dead or missing. He then loses the bull as well.
Later he meets up with his sister, who'd missed the bombing as she had gone to look for Antonito.
He finds his uncle has become a fighter and a hero, and Antonito and his sister meet up with him.
He then learns that there is a legend of a black bull that chases away the baddies, and Antonito hopes that this is Paco.
The illustrations are perfect for the story. If I have one criticism it is that the book is too short, it took us only an hour to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2010
This is a extraordinary book set in the civil war about a young boy called Antonio. Antonio lives with his family on a farm in Spain. His fathers a bull fighter and took Antonio to a bull fighting match. His father said that your Paco will soon go in the bull arena. When Antonio got home he intended to save Paco by running away with him but dure the story it did'nt go so well.I'd defonetly recomend this to read because it a great book and you will love it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is a book about the Spanish Civil War, a little boy called Antonito and a little black bull called Paco, that he adopts. It is all told from the point of view of Antonito when he is already a grandfather of a little boy also called Antonito, which is a nice touch. There are some brilliant descriptions of rural life in Spain during the war and bullfighting and the role it plays in Spanish culture. My son Oscar (aged 7) says that 'this is a really good book, but there is too much dying in it". He does have a point. We know that the Civil War was terrible, but it did seem sometimes as if people were dying unnecessarily for the sake of the story, particularly in the part where the villagers are escaping into the hills. Apart from that - it is brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2012
I am writing a book review, the book is called Toro! Toro! It's made by Michael Morpurgo.

The book is great! It's about a boy called Antonito, he lives an idyllic life on his parent's bull farm in Spain, but the idyll is shattered when he realises that his calf, called Paco, is destined for the bullring. His uncle called Juan, he work in bullring, Antonito think his uncle dance with the bull in the bullring, but his uncle is killing the bull. Antonito is very angry, so he doesn't want Paco die in the bullring as well, so Antonito take Paco and his horse Chica go out of his home, but there is a big war in Spain

The book set in Spain, in Spain there is a big war every where. The main characters are Antonito, Paco and his uncle Juan. Antonito and Paco and Juan are breave, Juan is very rich, and Paco is very strong.

I like the book, because the book is very short, and the story is very easy to read and clear. The story is very interesting, and the war is very exciting. I think you can make the story longer and more pictures for me. I would recommend to 8- 11 years old boys, is very interesting, so I like this book Toro! Toro!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2012
The incredibly prolific Morpurgo has done it again. He combines so many issues for the young reader to consider : the rights and wrongs of bull fighting as our protagonist hero-worships his matador uncle, but doesn't want his pet to face the bull ring; the effects of war; growing up; Spanish culture; a different generation. I read his books together with my daughter, and think the appeal for her is the fast pace, well rounded characters she can connect with and the predominant subject matter: animals.
There is no doubt that apart from the reading exercise afforded, the books are educational as they are set in another time or another land, or both, as is this one. Morpurgo does not shy away from reality, and his books do not necessarily end happily, or even satisfactorily and I think this is appropriate for the age group aimed at 7 - 11. He does not patronise or condescend his readers, but challenges them. We have a large collection of his books as we both enjoy his writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2014
This book gave a wonderful introduction to life in Spain for children during the Spanish Civil War with a grown-up poignancy which considered the blessing of family life, love and loss, and the alienating force of armed struggle for a far-off political ideal. The book also attempts to give an insight on the national spectacle of bull-fighting, which required further research on the internet for my eight-year-old son to appreciate. Some of the terminology on bull-fighting was not quite right, but Morpurgo made a good job of adapting Spanish words which have no real equivalent in English. However, contrary to the book's claims, fighting bulls are not segregated from human beings from infancy because they will become too gentle to fight, but because this would make them too dangerous to fight in the plaza de toros. Otherwise, this was a gripping story which introduced children to a panoply of emotions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2007
Michael Morpurgo is the BEST children's author. He uses brilliant words which are beautifully descriptive. His books are sometimes sad but comforting, always in a different way. I think this book is for 8+ year olds.

This story was one of my best giving me information about the Spanish Civil War and bull fighting. Half way through the book I was crying, but then I cheered up as it had a good ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2012
Have a foster son of 8, who had only ever read one book in his life. He's read 8 books in three weeks but tells me that this book was his favourite. I read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were able to discuss it together. Great book, sensitively written. He has asked for his forthcoming birthday for more of the authors books. Result!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2011
Excellent mix of love for the little bull combined with the destruction caused by war. I loved it as well as the children! I would also recommend Little Foxes, particularly as I have boys and these books are a great way for them to combine the love of animals within the complexities of human relationships.
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