This story about a boy called Ashley Anderson. Ashley Anderson the son of the missionary in Ping Tong Chow. His father was very strict. That’s when the problem comes, but I’ll tell you that later.
The very begining is when Ashley’s mother meets his father. She was a nurse to help the injured soldiers of China; to help the hospital. She was also with her helper (as I called him) Zong Sung. But they just called him Uncle Sung. So that’s when they soon got married and gave birth to a child they called Ashley, Ashley Anderson. But just 6 months after she sadly died. So his father
would paint, in black letters, every year her name. Well then, Ashley wouldn’t really imagine up his mum’s face so that was sad. He then made friends with Lin, who was a really good swimmer and told him how to.
But that is not important, the yetis’ story is…to him…
War Horse is one of the movies I can’t wait to see. It’s directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the amazing book written by Michael Morpurgo. To celebrate the release of the movie we have 4 War Horse prize packs to give away, thanks to Hardie Grant Egmont. Four lucky kids will win a copy of the book and a double movie pass to go and see the movie.
All you have to do to get in the draw is leave a comment telling us: What is your favourite animal story and why? Leave a comment on this post with your answer and your name and email address (so that we can contact you if you win).
Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. The winners of the War Horse prize packs are:
I love both stories about war and stories about animals, which is my I love Michael Morpurgo. Most of his stories are about war or animals and sometimes both. His latest book is called Little Manfred and it’s about war, and a dog that sparks the memories of an old man.
It’s the summer of 1966 and Charley and her little brother, Alex, are walking their dog Manfred on the beach by their home when they notice two old men staring out to sea. When the two men discover that their dog is called Manfred, this sparks the memories of Walter and he tells the children about his experiences during World War II. Through Walter’s story, Charley and Alex learn about their mother’s past and her connection to Manfred, a German prisoner of war who was posted at her farmhouse when she was a little girl.
Michael Morpurgo has woven another amazing story of friendship, bravery, and forgiveness that transported me to another time and another place. Whenever I read a Michael Morpurgo book it’s almost as if he is sitting on my couch or in the library beside me, telling me the story, because I can hear his voice in my head. If you’ve ever seen one of his videos of him reading you’ll know that he’s got the perfect storytelling voice. Michael Foreman’s illustrations, once again, perfectly match the story because they can be bright and happy or dark and gloomy. I think Michael Morpurgo’s books are perfect for anyone and if you haven’t read any of his books, Little Manfred is a great one to start with.
Recommended for 7+ 10 out of 10
If you want to know more about the story and find out what Michael Morpurgo’s inspiration was, you can read about it on the Guardian Children’s Books website.
HarperCollins NZ also have Little Manfred featured as their Book of the Week on their Facebook page. Head on over for your chance to win a copy.
Michael Morpurgo’s latest book is about a boy who is always getting into trouble. Everyone is always telling him he’s a bad lad. He gets caught playing on bomb sites, banging rubbish bin lids and stealing tomatoes and even a car. He gets arrested and sentenced to a year in Borstal, which was a prison for young offenders where they could learn a trade like carpentry, painting or bricklaying. The judge sends him there to think things over and learn his lesson. The first few months are tough and the boys are worked hard, ‘laying bricks for hours on end in all weathers, making bread in the kitchens, weeding in the vegetable garden.’ Every morning the boys have to go on a two-mile run and the bad lad likes running past the stables. One morning, as he goes past the stables the old man who looks after the horses calls him over and offers him an amazing opportunity to help out in the stables. This opportunity helps him to turn his life around and make his family proud of him.
Not Bad for a Bad Lad is another amazing story from Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman, the author and illustrator of War Horse, Kaspar: Prince of Cats and Billy the Kid. Michael Morpurgo often writes stories about an older person telling a child about their interesting life, and this is one of those stories. The story is inspirational and Michael Foreman’s illustrations add perfectly to the story. Don’t get put off by the picture of the horse on the front cover because this isn’t just a story about a horse. This is a must-read for all Michael Morpurgo fans, but a great book to delve into if you haven’t read any of his books yet.
Recommended for 9+ 10 out of 10
War Horse is Michael Morpurgo’s amazing story about a boy who sets out on a journey to rescue his horse from the battlefields of World War I. You have to wait until December 29th 2011 to watch the movie, but you can get the book from your library now so that you can read it before you watch it.
This book is about a funny farm called Mudpuddle Farm. It is written by Michael Morpurgo, one of my favourite authors. On this farm are Mossop, Jigger, Peggoty, Albertine, Frederick, Diana, Aunty Grace, Primrose, Upside, Down, Penelope, Captain, Egbert and Farmer Rafftery!
This book has six wonderful adventures in it and these adventures are extremely funny. My favourite character is Mossop because he is lazy and sleeping most of the time. My favourite adventure would have to be number five. Read to find what happens in number five!!!
I recommend this collection of breathtaking stories to age 7+. I also recommend it to animal-lovers and readers who like funny stories.
Eibhlin, aged 8
Best Mate (also published as Born to Run) is a book about a greyhound dog called Best Mate who starts a journey of a lifetime when he is abandoned as a puppy and rescued by a boy named Patrick. He loves his life with Patrick until two animals smugglers come and capture Best Mate and take him away to be raced against other greyhounds. The racer’s daughter Becky soon learns ugly truth and runs away with Best Mate, whom she calls Brighteyes. But life in the streets is a horrible nightmare. Brighteyes and Becky have some trouble (I won’t spoil it with details) and Brighteyes must start yet another life …
Great book! My favourite part was when Patrick risked his own safety rescuing Best Mate and his siblings from the disgusting canal water. It was very heroic! The best thing about this book is the satisfying, but unsatisfying, ending. And the ending made me think about things from each of the main characters’ point of view: Patrick’s, Joe’s, and Best Mate’s etc..
I also liked that every few chapters we got to hear the thoughts and feelings of Best Mate himself and this added an extra element to the story to be able to see what both the person and the dog were thinking about the same situation. I thought that the way Michael Morpurgo writes his words make you feel like he is bursting with ideas and words and ways to describe things. He uses great language and clear uncluttered ideas.
This book is for animal lovers and kids who like a bit of adventure. It would be best for kids 8+. I give it a 11 out of 10.
Best Mate proves that it is not just cats that can have more than one life.
This story is about a cat called Kaspar, the Prince of Cats. No one is his owner. He lives at The Savoy Hotel with Countess Kadinsky. Sadly, she gets run over and Kaspar is miserable. Elizabeth arrives and takes Kaspar on a boat trip on the Titanic. What happens next …?
My favourite part was when Lizziebeth (Elizabeth) and her family came because Johnny (the bellboy at the Hotel) was happy to see her and her family. It made me feel like I got lost in the book with the characters.
My favourite character was Kaspar because he was a real superhero – he coped with someone dying and he is the Prince of Cats. The ending was sad.
I liked the way the author made you feel like you were inside the story, I liked Kaspar (because I’m a cat girl!) and I liked the way the author made the action exciting.
I would recommend this book because it is exciting and I like the way the author used the words and adjectives. And I liked the pictures. I give this book 10 out of 10.
Two book related movies are filming later this year and will come out in cinemas at the end of next year. One that I’m very excited about is Michael Morpurgo’s book War Horse that is being made into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg, the man behind some huge movies like Jurassic Park, E.T. and Indianna Jones. War Horse tells the story of a horse as he moves from life on a farm to the battles of World War 1. Through the eyes of the war horse, Joey, Michael Morpurgo tells the moving and powerful story of survival on the western front. I’m sure it will be a great movie, but if you haven’t read the book I highly recommend it, and all of Michael Morpurgo’s other books.
Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry will also be showing up on the movie screen in 3D and is being directed by the same person as Nanny McPhee. Horrid Henry is one of the most popular book characters and he’s been up to so much trouble over the years. It will be interesting to see what he gets up to in the movie and see how horrible they make him on the big screen.
Would you go and see these movies when they come out next year?