Sunday, February 05, 2012

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Fifteen year old Alfred receives Joey, a beautiful horse, from his father.  Alfred loves Joey and trains him to work on the farm.  When the family runs short of money, Alfred's father sells Joey to the cavalry at the start of World War I.  Alfred is too young to join but promises Joey he'll find him.  Joey experiences many of the horrors of war.  Joey is the narrator of the book, and that works better than I thought it would.  The book is written for children aged 8 and up; I don't often read children's books, but I wanted to read this before seeing the movie.  It was a quick read; I'm a pretty slow reader and even I finished it in 2 days.  I thought it was well written and I rate it 3 out of 5.  It is my second book for the World War I reading challenge.


Anna and Serena said...

Thanks for the review. We've linked to it on the reviews page and will have a sample appear on the main page on Feb. 21.

Timaree said...

My grandson saw the movie and hated it. I take it the horse gets hurt or dies. My grandkids rate animals on a higher plane than they do most people I think. I didn't realize it was supposed to be a children's book.