Michael Morpurgo is one of my favourite authors. I’ve read nearly all of his books and when a new one comes out I rush out to get it. He is a fantastic storyteller and has written hundreds of stories about all sorts of things including World War 1 and 2, the legends of King Arthur, sailing around the world, cats on the Titanic, and whales swimming up the river Thames in London. His stories draw you in and you really care about his characters, whether they are humans or animals.
Michael Morpurgo’s latest book is called An Elephant in the Garden and if I had to tell you what it’s about in one sentence I’d say it’s a story of survival. Elizabeth, now an old woman, tells Karl and his mother of her escape from Dresden, in Germany, when it was bombed during World War 2. They escape thanks to the elephant from her mother’s zoo who has been living in their garden. Their journey is tough through the snow-covered landscape, especially with an elephant. Will they make it to safety? You’ll have to read this fantastic book to find out.
If you like books set during war-time, books about animals, or survival stories then this book is for you. 10 out of 10. For readers 9+.