Posts Tagged ‘Michael Morpurgo’

Tom’s Sausage Lion

Michael Morpurgo

tom's sausuageNo one believes Tom when he says he has seen a lion strolling through the orchard with a string of sausages dangling from its mouth. No one, that is, except Clare, the cleverest girl in Tom’s class. Why does Clare believe him? Because she knows something about Tom’s story that no one else does.

What would you do if you saw a lion and no one believed you?

Tom’s Sausage Lion is a really great story with a really great story line .One day Tom sees a lion carrying a string of sausages. Various things happen and all the loose ends are being tied up in Toms mind but no one believes him except the school geek Claire. She has seen the lion as well and together Tom and Claire will do everything they can to take a picture of the mountain lion.

This book had me so gripped I have started a bit of an obsession for Michael Morpurgo. I would recommend this book to anybody who is aged between 8 and 11. But I do have to say this is a very good book.

Verdict: I really like this book . And everybody should have a copy.
Reviewed by Izzy (10)

Publisher: Yearling
Publication Date: August 1999
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
Genre: Animals
Age: Middle grade
Reviewer: Izzy (10)
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: British book
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A Medal for Leroy.

Michael Morpurgo

leroyWhen Michael’s aunt passes away, she leaves behind a letter that will change everything.
It starts with Michael’s grandfather Leroy, a black officer in WWI who charged into a battle zone not once but three times to save wounded men. His fellow soldiers insisted he deserved special commendations for his bravery but because of the racial barriers, he would go unacknowledged. Now it’s up to Michael to change that.
Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army, award-winning author Michael Morpurgo delivers a richly layered and memorable story of identity, history, and family

I really like this book! A medal for Leroy is about a boy who visits his auntie’s house regularly but does not enjoy his time there. But he does like seeing their Jack Russell Terrier; Jasper. One day his Auntie snowdrop becomes very ill and gives Michael (the boy) some useful information to unlock all the secrets of his past.

It is a very lovely book. One of the best I’ve read in a while (and I’ve read some good books). It always keeps you wanting to read on and has a very good ending

I would recommend it to all my classmates. After reading Tom’s Sausage Lion (see my review here) I have developed a slight addiction for Morpurgo now and have read my third Michael Morpurgo book in a row! I did try reading Books by Michael Morpurgo when I was younger but couldn’t really get into them. Now I’m a bit older I can’t get enough of them!

Verdict: this is a brilliant book I really love it! and I think it’s aimed for kids 9 and up!

Reviewed by Izzy (10)

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s
Publication Date: September 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Genre: Historical fiction
Age: Middle grade
Reviewer: Izzy (10)
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: British book
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The Mozart Question

Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman

A boy’s passion for music unlocks a painful secret — and draws his family together — in a multilayered tale by an outstanding author-illustrator pair.
Like any young boy, Paolo becomes obsessed with what he can’t have — in his case, a violin. Hidden away in his parents’ room, it beckons the boy to release the music inside it. The music leads Paolo to a family secret, a story of World War II that changed the course of his parents’ lives. But once the truth is told, the family is reunited in a way no one had thought possible. From Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman comes a story about sharing the joy of music from one generation to the next and about music’s power to transform and heal.

Just three weeks in to her fledgling career, cub reporter Lesley is handed the opportunity of a lifetime. Stepping in at the last minute for her hospitalised boss, Lesley is whisked away to Venice to interview world famous Violinist Paolo Levi. She has strict instructions to focus on the music and avoid asking the private musician any personal questions and under no circumstances should she ask the Mozart question. The only problem is that Lesley has no idea what the Mozart question is.

Twenty four hours later, sat drinking mint tea in the virtuoso’s sparse living quarters, Lesley discovers that Paolo has other ideas. For over forty years he has kept a promise and protected his family’s story, but now the time has come to tell the truth.

Filled with the compulsion to make music, one boy discovers his great gift when holding his fathers abandoned Violin for the first time. Exploring his new found passion leads to the discovery of his parent’s history, exposing the raw wounds of their holocaust experiences and the exploitation of the musical talent that was the key to their survival.

While undoubtedly emotive, Morpurgo handled the subject matter beautifully. Providing enough detail to educate and evoke emotion, but not too much as to overwhelm young readers. I sat reading this account with watery eyes, and at one point I felt a shiver of cold revulsion spread down my spine. Despite the horror of this bleak period in our history and mans ability to harm his fellow man, The Mozart Question, ultimately left me feeling uplifted. I was able to turn the final page with a small smile on my face, as in counterbalance to mans cruelty, Morpurgo shows us the beauty of mans love.

Michael Foreman’s illustrations fit the story perfectly. The use of muted colours conveys the seriousness of the subject matter, while the softness of the water colours allow the illustrations to sit within the text without distracting from the story, that is until afforded a full or half page. The artist’s talents are revealed in these larger images, capturing the mood and essence of the iconic images of the holocaust, that as adults have already had some exposure to.

This is the first and only Michael Morpurgo book I’ve read. I know, I know, where have I been?!(Hangs head in shame). I plan to amend this oversight by checking out other Morpurgo titles and sharing them with my children when they are old enough to appreciate them.

Verdict: At just eighty pages this small book packs a large emotional punch.

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Walker
Publication Date: 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
Genre: Holocaust
Age: Middle Grade
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: British Book
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