War Horse - Special Theatre Art Edition

by Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator Rae Smith

Egmont | January 1, 2014 | Hardcover

War Horse - Special Theatre Art Edition is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.
In this beautiful edition of War Horse, Rae Smith''s extraordinary illustrations bring to life a story of war and reconciliation with stunning vitality. 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. In the desolation of the trenches, Joey''s courage touches the hearts of the soldiers around him."

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 232 pages, 8.61 × 7.51 × 0.94 in

Published: January 1, 2014

Publisher: Egmont

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1405267968

ISBN - 13: 9781405267960

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written I truly enjoyed this book. It was one of the best books I've read in a while. It keeps you entertained and enthralled all the way through.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from historical fiction about World War I from a horse's point of view Joey is a young colt who was purchased for three guineas by an English farmer. The farmer’s son Albert is thirteen at the time and begins to care for Joey. But when World War I begins a couple of years later, Albert’s father sells Joey to Captain Nicholls of the British cavalry because he needs the money. Albert, who is still too young to join the army, promises that someday he will find the horse. Joey is ridden in a disastrous cavalry charge into German machine guns. Captain Nicholls is killed, and the horse is captured as a prisoner of war. The Germans use him first for hospital cart transport and then for artillery cart pulling but allow him to be stabled on a French farm where he is taken care of by the farmer and his granddaughter Emelie. Bolting after his friend Topthorn dies, Joey ends up in no-man’s land between the German and English trenches and through a coin-toss is once again taken by the English but is very ill. Meanwhile, Albert has joined the veterinary corps. What will happen to Joey? And will Albert and Joey ever see each other again? There is not as much good historical fiction for young people from the World War I era as from other well-known war periods. Readers can get unique and perceptive views of World War I as soldiers from both sides of the conflict share their thoughts and feelings with Joey. The age range is listed for eight and up, but I would recommend it more for twelve and up. Some of the battle scenes, while not overly graphic, are rather blunt and might not be appropriate for younger children, especially those who are sensitive. Also, the “h” word is used a few times as a curse, and the name of God is found as an interjection on several occasions. The novel is said to have an “anti-war” message, but I think older young people can still enjoy the story, which is based on a true story about a horse named Warrior, even if they don’t necessarily share the attempted “neutral” stance of the author. Of course, everyone prefers peace, but many of us still believe that there were a right side and a wrong side in World War I. And the way in which the passing of time is dealt with might be confusing to some. The book was originally published in 1982 but didn’t become well known until made into an award winning play in 2007 and an acclaimed film in 2011.
Date published: 2012-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific I have not yet read a book by Michael Morpurgo that I did not like. This book lived up to the standards and was very touching. It is a different perspective of WWI, but no less details the chaos, loss, friendships, and events of the war. A terrific read.
Date published: 2010-02-18

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War Horse - Special Theatre Art Edition

by Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator Rae Smith

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 232 pages, 8.61 × 7.51 × 0.94 in

Published: January 1, 2014

Publisher: Egmont

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1405267968

ISBN - 13: 9781405267960

From the Publisher

In this beautiful edition of War Horse, Rae Smith''s extraordinary illustrations bring to life a story of war and reconciliation with stunning vitality. 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. In the desolation of the trenches, Joey''s courage touches the hearts of the soldiers around him."

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo has written over one hundred books and won countless awards. He is a tireless champion for children''s books and was formerly Children''s Laureate for the United Kingdom. In 2011, War Horse was made into a feature film, directed by Steven Speilberg.Rae Smith is a critically-acclaimed stage designer in Britain. For her work on the War Horse stage play, Rae Smith won an Olivier and a Tony award for the London and Broadway productions, respectively. Her theatre designs are frequently seen at the National Theatre, the Royal Court, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in a variety of experimental theatre companies throughout the United Kingdom.
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