Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books in the last 40 years and five of them have adapted to films.His biggest selling novel is war horse.Below is a list of some of Michael’s most popular books.War horse, Private peaceful,The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Cool!, Out of the ashes, Kensuke's Kingdom, The butterfly Lion, The wreck of the Zanzibar, Tom's Sausage Lion, Why the whales came, Not bad for a bad Lad.Private Peaceful is his 100th title. He is one of the world’s most renowned authors, with several of his titles being made into both feature films and plays.In 2003 Michael Morpurgo became the third Children’s Laureate. His first book, ‘It Never Rained,( Five Stories),was published in 1974 and over 100 books have followed.
Michael morpurgo's favourite animal is an elephant.He worked as a teacher for ten years before leaving to set up 'Farms for City Children' with his wife Clare. (They were both awarded the MBE for services to youth in 1999.)He is also a three times winner of the Prix Sorcière (France) for King of the Cloud Forests (1993), Wombat Goes Walkabout (1999) and Kensuke's Kingdom (2001) and has twice won the Red House Children's Book Award for Kensuke's Kingdom (2000) and Private Peaceful (2004).His books 'My Friend Walter' (1988) and 'Out of the Ashes' (2001) were both adapted for television.
War horse, his most selling novel. This novel has also been turned into a film and a play.
What awards has he earnt? Michael Morpurgo has got the awards of... Childrens Laureate, Nestle smarties book prize, Blue peter, Hampshire book award and Prix sorcieres for picture books.
Morpurgo’s has had a life of many careers including some time in the army, heading up a charity and for many years working as a teacher where he loved to read and act out stories for the children.
An exceptionally poignant story of one horse's experience in the First World War. In 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the frontline. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him.War Horse highlights human cruelty and human disdain for both animals and each other whilst also highlighting just how powerful love and courage can be. It is extremely well written, features exemplary character development and is a book that will allow younger readers to understand the horrors their great grandparents were forced faced in order to battle tyranny and retain freedom.