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Farm Boy (War Horse #2)

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This touching story of the close relationship between grandson and grandfather, and the special secret they share, is enhanced by factual illustrations of farming history from the beginning of the century.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 7th 1999 by HarperCollins (first published 1997)
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Kwesi 章英狮
Farm Boy is the second installment to Michael Morpurgo's War Horse Series. Although this book is short and recommended to much younger readers of the first book, War Horse, the book has this imprint of Morpurgo's writing style even you turn the pages upside down. The usage of thorough old country mouse English, the pre- and post- World War 1 setting, the long beautiful and struggling narrative, the patience and of course, the much awaited Morpurgo's love to horses.

In Farm Boy, Morpurgo changed s...more
Becky
I finished War Horse earlier in the week and although I wouldn't say it was fantastic I did enjoy it and so when I saw there was a sequel I decided I should read that too. So I requested this from the library and it came in pretty quickly, when I got it I was surprised by how small it was, just 110 pages and half of those were covered in illustrations. Not much of a story then!
This literally took me 20 minutes to read it was so quick and I have to say I was very disappointed. This isn't really a...more
Samantha
'Farm Boy' is a cute short story based on the descendants of the characters from 'War Horse'. Unfortunately, it is missing two of the key items that made 'War Horse' so compelling: the horse's point of view and World War I.

This book is incredibly short (my edition is 106 pages of large type and many large illustrations), so it is also nowhere near as in depth as the first installment. It is told from the point of view of Albert's great-great grandson while he visits his own grandfather (Albert's...more
Stuart
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Julie Leithy
Anyone expecting the excitment and anguish of war Horse,this is not the book, it is a sequel but about the great grandson of the original war horse. Joey and his owner return from the war as heros and then settle down back into life on the farm,but soon horses will not be needed on the farms or in the towns with the invention of tractors and cars. One day Joey and his owner get involved in a bet to see who can plough better the tractor or a horse drawn plough, the war horse spirit returns Joey i...more
Mairead Flannery
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Sarah
“Farm Boy” is the short but sweet sequel to “War Horse.” Although having read the first book will give readers a deeper understanding of the characters, it is not essential because the main account is summarized. Written in down-to-earth language, “Farm Boy” is narrated by the great-grandson of the Corporal who owned the famous horse, Joey. He is a self-proclaimed town boy, and when his grandfather makes an unexpected request that requires spending several months working on his farm, he is at fi...more
Jan
Farm Boy is the sequel to War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo. The story is narrated by the great-grandson of Albert, the owner of Joey. He goes to stay with his grandfather, who is Albert's son, on the old family farm. He hears the story of Albert and Joey's war years and also learns a secret that his grandfather has hidden for years--he is unable to read or write. He begins to teach his grandfather, who promises to pay him well for the lessons. But the young man earns something far richer--as he he...more
Lukas
I think that Farm Boy is really interesting and it basically follows up on War Horse. It is about what happens after Joey (the horse)comes back from the war. The important characters are Zoey, Joey because they are in most of the book and they are the highlight of this book. The author is a British man that is Micheal Morpurgo. The genera is a historic fiction story. I think that is is interesting about how the author tells the story,it is by a old man telling his grand son the story of his hist...more
Louise
nice little sequel to War Horse (though eldest child was confused by a few things that we dont remember being in war horse) telling the story of Albert and Joey even further.
quickest read ever as more illustrations than text, but we liked knowing what happened to them both after the war.
Dion Chan

This is the type of book that I like to read as I like books that are slow and I will always be curious of what will happen. While reading the book, I learn some new words as well as the life in the farm that was something I did not really know of and interested about.
Miriam
I have to say, I was disappointed with this book. I came across it in the library and checked it out without question, as I'd loved War Horse. However, when I looked in it at home, I saw large font, double space, and pictures on almost every page. The barely-hundred page book was basically 50 pages or less of text.

There was a huge gap in time that had passed between War Horse and Farm Boy. While it was nice to know Joey and Albert lived good and long lives, I had expected the book to be more ab...more
ACS Book-finder
“Farm Boy” by Michael Morpurgo the sequel to “War Horse” is a heartwarming story about the relationship between a young boy and his grandfather. This delightful book recaptures the time when history was passed down through the stories retold by our grandparents. The relationship between the young boy and his grandfather is precious and encouraging.

The author weaves the tale in storytelling fashion that makes this book a quick and enjoyable read. There is drama and suspense as well as heartfelt...more
C.C. Thomas
This is a sequel to War Horse but it was so different that it almost seemed to be written by different authors. It is a sequel, but the books have completely different styles and feelings to them. I loved Farm Boy and only kind of liked War Horse. Farm Boy is 1/2 illustrations and 1/2 story, a quick and easy read.

The story is about Albert's son, who is now grown up and an old man. He reminisces on his life with Joey and Zoey after the war, which took place in the first book. The great-grandson...more
Lynda
Farm Boy is the sequel to War Horse and is set in the same Devon village and continues the tale of the horse Joey and Albert, his owner.

The story is narrated by Albert’s teenage great grandson, who lives in London but spends most of his holidays in the countryside with his beloved grandfather, Albert’s son. During this time he hears tales of how Joey was sold to the cavalry and sent to the warfront in France and how 14 year old Albert was so distraught he joined up to find him.

"Now there’s milli...more
Julie
Anyone expecting the excitment and anguish of war Horse,this is not the book, it is a sequel but about the great grandson of the original war horse. Joey and his owner return from the war as heros and then settle down back into life on the farm,but soon horses will not be needed on the farms or in the towns with the invention of tractors and cars. One day Joey and his owner get involved in a bet to see who can plough better the tractor or a horse drawn plough, the war horse spirit returns Joey i...more
zeus
Farm Boy is a historical fiction book about a young boy(he narrates the book, but you never find out his name.) It is a sequel to the book War Horse by the same author. The narrator lives with his grandfather who lives on a farm. The narrator spends his life helping his grandfather with farming.Their pride and joy is a tractor. Then one day, his grandfather asks him to teach him to read and write. After pages and pages dedicated to the narrator teaching his grandfather how to read and write, his...more
Ursula Clancy
very different from what I was expecting but I'm glad I found out what happened to Joey. Thank you Michael Morpurgo (my favourite author) for writing this sequel and for the amazing book War Horse that is my favourite book. Both are equally well written.
Daniel
This book is a sweet little story but I find it sad that it's put out as a sequel to War Horse. Edited slightly it could be a nice little book in it's own right but it just doesn't seem right as a sequel to arguable one of Morpurgo's best stories.
Angel
I really enjoyed this book and although I didn't enjoy war horse very much when I read this squeal to it I was quite surprised when i found how good it actually was. If you don't really like war horse or do definitely read this book
Susannah
This is the sequel to War Horse. It is a touching and sentimental tale about the great grandson of the human protagonist of War Horse, and his relationship with his grandfather, who is the son of Albert. The first part of the novel is related by the grandson, and covers the major events of War Horse, and how Albert got Joey back in World War I. It culminates in the grandson teaching his granddad to read and write, so he can read Agatha Christie novels! The second part is a story written by the g...more
Thebruce1314
This book is short - 106 pages, however, almost every page is half taken up with illustrations. I think the pictures really add to the story, but I felt a little like this should have been included in a short story or novella collection. Despite its short length, the author manages manages to accomplish a story-within-a-story here, both of which are good, though I found the deliberate spelling and grammatical errors in the second half a little distracting. While it's called a sequel to War Horse...more
Carter Wittig
This book called Farm Boy is a sequel to the book called War Horse. During a holiday on the farm in Devon a young lad discovers how different it was farming when his grandfather was a farm boy. His Grandpa tells the story of his own father's best horse, Joey, who was taken to pull guns in World War I, and how his Grandpa raced a tractor plowing with horses. I would recommend this book to anyone that has or is about to read War Horse.
Leopardclawxx
I was very disappointed with this. I found that it did not really follow in War Horse's vein. After rereading (and crying) at War Horse, I was anticipating Farm Boy very much. 'Grandad has a big secret - he can't read or write!' And that was it! 'Grandad' was Albert's son, but at some parts I got confused as to who was who. At the end, Grandad has an 'entertaining' story about Joey and Zoey, and a tractor. But Grandad's grammar... What grammar? No speech marks, no commas, nothing! Just a few cap...more
Jen
Apr 04, 2014 Jen added it
didnt realise this was the sequel to War Horse
enjoyed it though
liked the old style ads in the illustrations too
Mark Delaney
This is a great book for young and old. Morpurgo tells the story of a relationship between a boy and his grandfather on a rural Devon farm. The boy who is on holidays from school teaches his grandfather how to read and write and in turn the grandfather recalls stories from his youth. The main story in the book centres around a ploughing match from the grandfathers youth, in which the new (tractor) competes with the old (a plough horse named Joey). Its an inspirational tale and has a big effect o...more
Tim
It was good but written for a younger audience. I wish it had been written for the former crowd.
Tanja
Sequel to War Horse. Loved it, I always enjoy reading sequels to a book! to find out how life continued for favorite characters. While I always felt that War Horse was more appropriate for older readers, this one fits right into a primary school collection. It's also a perfect example of how the author often sets up his stories: someone looking back, narrating an event from the past to a younger person. Of course, there is always an animal involved too, here a horse. I was especially touched by...more
Izzy Fisher
A slightly disappointing follow-up to War Horse, but it wasn't that bad.
Rachel
A lovely follow up to war horse, book was only short but a lovely easy read.
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Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the war, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to...more
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“He never reckoned much to schooling and that. He said you could learn most what was worth knowing from keeping your eyes and ears peeled. Best way of learning, he always said, was doing.” 10 likes
“And they took the strain and off they went up the field the plough cutting clean. I can mind how I stood there and watched him my heart full of pride for him and I breathed in the smell of the earth. Nothing like the smell of new turned earth. A cold metal smell it is, but clean and good like the first breath of life.” 5 likes
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