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The powerful story of a young horse called Joey who is taken from a farm in Devon to serve with the British Cavalry in World War I.
Paperback, 98 pages
Published 2007 by Faber & Faber
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Fatimah
This book was recommended to me by a friend and to put it into a few words... I loved it.
I thought War Horse was brilliant! It is the most touching book I have ever read, and I would recommend it to anyone, even if they aren't animal lovers!This book has the most spectacular points of a horses view and it also shows that there is nothing to be scared about horses. I ride myself and love it so I can see where Albert is coming from when he is heart broken with his fathers decision to sell Joey to
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Ciaran Mcnamee
War Horse is historical fiction novel set around the First World War. It starts just before the outbreak of war and ends shortly after the Armistice.

The story is told from the perspective of a young horse named Joey. He is a young farm horse who is purchased by a British Army officer and taken to France at the start of the war. The officer is killed in an early battle. During the course of the war, Joey strays into no-man’s land and is separated from the British Army. For a time he is cared for
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Niamh Delahunty
Morgpurgo has written other books using World War I as the setting [Private Peaceful]. The story of War Horse told by Joey, a horse taken from the rural countryside of England to the battlefields of France. Joey goes through a series of different owners and each offers a very different perspective of the horror and killing that defined trench warfare in World War I. The cavalry charges in the early months of World War I graphically represent the senseless loss of horses and humans.

By just exami
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Rob
There are a few things about War Horse that could make it quite easy to slate, for a very simple reason: it’s a book about the first world war, written for kids, and it shows. The story-telling is simplistic, with characters largely painted black or white, spouting exposition or historical context as necessary. More importantly, it’s about a horse. One that understands English, French and German it seems. And it’s told from his point of view. More importantly still, it’s about the pointless carn ...more
Chris
So I'm not sure how to rate or review this play, as I have seen it. The play itself is both simple and strong, and surprisingly mature. The production of this material though leaves me breathless and yearning and wonderfully sad whenever I think of it. As a result it is hard for me to look at the script completely objectively.
Lydia Klemensowicz
Wow. This book gave a whole other outlook on the ar. It changed me and made me realize the way horses felt and it made me feel many emotions. Then I saw the play on a London stage and it was BREATHTAKING! That just painted a whole other picture of the story. A must read.
Meg
One of the most heart-renching tales you will ever read. I was literally sobbing through the entire book. Excellently written, you'll fall in love with the characters, and being a relatively easy length, you'll read it in a sitting and wonder how you had never read it before!
Pak Cheung
This book is quite good because it has a strong bond between friendship where a farm horse was taken away to war where he was constantly used/ ridden on by kind people. The main character was the horse himself named Joey and that the first part is that he was a farm horse being sold by the owner's father. My favourite part was the part where Topthorn dies because it shows that when a friend dies you won't abandon him no matter what. In the middle the horse/Joey was taken away to a english camp w ...more
Sydney Young
Sweet sweet story about a horse in WWI. I didn't get to catch the play and didn't hear great things about the movie, but this was an easy way to hear the story. Loved it!
RCHK LIRC
Interesting perspective - written from a horses view of WW1 and life on the front line and in the trenches.
Kylee Cahoon
This book was pretty good. It definitely wasn't the best book Ive ever read but it was good. It was just a little long and slow at parts. It also got kinda confusing at parts which was a little frustrating. I did like the idea of reading from the horse's perspective. It got really good at the end but the beginning was really boring. I probably wouldn't read this again. I recommend it to anyone who likes war stories or likes horses. I am not very interested in those things so it wasn't that great ...more
Jolanda
I always knew I would love War Horse; being a horse girl, a historian and a theatre buff, I was doomed before I even set foot in the theatre. No, I was already doomed when I first saw the trailer on youtube.
The first time I saw War Horse, I was alone. I was on vacation in London with a very dear friend, but she didn't care much for the play and we had already spent way more on seeing theatre shows than we ever intended to spend. But I had to see this play, I couldn't possibly go home without ha
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Rhiannon
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Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Τον τελευταίο χρόνο έπεσαν αρκετά βιβλία στα χέρια μου, οι ιστορίες των οποίων πραγματεύονται την σχέση ανθρώπου-ζώου. Ευτυχώς, η κάθε μία από αυτές είχε και την δικιά της, ιδιαίτερη βάση, κάνοντας έτσι το κάθε έργο ξεχωριστό στην καρδιά μου για διαφορετικούς λόγους κάθε φορά. Ένα εξ' αυτών, είναι "Το Άλογο Του Πολέμου", ένα λογοτεχνικό έργο το οποίο φέρει μεγάλη καλλιτεχνική αξία αλλά, και εκδοτική ιστορία πίσω του. Ήταν το 1982 όταν για πρώτη φορά η ιστορία που με τόσο τρυφερότητα αφηγήθηκε μέ ...more
Gale
“Determining the Value of a Horse”

Morpurgo’s poignant tale of a British farm horse sent off to World War I France proves interesting reading. Narrated straight out of the horse’s mouth by Joey, the title animal himself, this story focuses on War as seen from a horse’s viewpoint, yet it proves a very human story as well. Curiously, although the equine protagonist can understand English, French and German with ease, he is incapable of communicating verbally or even mentally with other animals—ev
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Phoebe Taregtt
"But whenever I woke, dragged back to consciousness, by the guns, i found Topthorn was by me and would breathe his courage into me to support me. It was a slow baptism of fire for me..."pg49. This book was powerful to me as it held such strong emotions and a different point of view of war. It showed that war is not all full of bad but there are small parts of hope init.
I like how Michael Morpurgo wrote this book by showing the feelings of an animal as well as showing the feelings of people thr
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Bronson
This book is about a farm horse is going to join the battle between the British and the Germans. This is how the story begins.............

One day, a thirteen-year-old boy called Albert and his mother were in the horse sale. Then Albert saw a horse that he really desire. Then he asked his mom can he buy the horse, but his mom doesn't let him to buy it. Then they had a argument. Then his mom finally let him bought the horse. In the months, Albert traned the horse in a stronger horse, then rode h
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{FaZe} Nelson
A very good story with the perspective of a horse at World War I, The no-man's land in the book is my favourite part of the book because the part has a very interesting feel to it that makes me think what the no-man's land would look like. It is a very great book and I would recommend it to other people to read.
Morgan
I saw this production in NY a few months ago and was obsessed. I had to go out and find the script - which was not easy - to learn more about this story. Taking away the horse puppets and other theatrical aspects, this is an amazing story. It follows Joey, a horse, and his 'master' (more like friend) Albert. One day Joey gets taken into the war and Albert goes to find him. The rest of the story follows both characters on their journey through WWI. Both are learning about mortality, friendship, g ...more
Emma Leigh
My problem with this book is I never felt I empathised with the characters and then when some of them die (as you would expect in a World War I novel), I didn't really feel I missed them. Perhaps this is because it is a children's book and so one is protected from getting too involved but I just felt you moved from one event to the next and the plot conveniently turned out the way it should, which was ultimately not very believable. I don't think you can really blame it on being a children's boo ...more
Korina Vojinovic
a really emotional and powerful story. what the story transmitted to me was: a lot of passion and a lot of "DONT STOP BELIVING THAT YOU CAND FIND HIM!!" perfect for readers that want a complicated but easy to follow story.
Kitty Golden
A amazing story about a horse sold by a farmer to the cavalry and his journey trying to survive so he can come home-told from the perspective of Joey the horse.
Lori Siska
Very well written considering it is for younger audiences. I was afraid I would blubber throughout the book after the 2nd chapter, but it turned out to be fine. I'm seriously thinking of reading some of his other works.
Julia
Sep 12, 2014 Julia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: plays
This is a review of the play only, I am sure the book is much much better. I had heard such amazing things about it, and when I saw it in Drury Lane I was very disappointed. While the effects and all were stunning, the play itself lacked substance. The dialogue and plot were seriously lacking. It relied too much on sentimentality, and while I usually love sentimental plays and literature in general this was too much. I think my main concern with this was that there was basically only one way thi ...more
Amy
This isn't normally what I would read but one of my clients bought it for me. What an interesting book! I was pleasantly surprised as it held my attention from page one. It's a story of a farm horses prospective through world war one. There was many points in the story where I teared up from emotion or felt a sickening turn in my stomach. What I really liked it was the innocent point of view of a horse. It did not judge people whether they were English or German but who they were as an individua ...more
Heather
loved this was touching story. I don't usually like animal stories but this had history in it to as was told during a war going on and how they coped very good book.the movie does miss lot details out of the book that spoils it if u not read book first.
Jennifer
Saw the play loved it just read the book still cried a couple of times.
Lee
I loved this sweet story written from the horse's point of view. How difficult it must be for animals to understand what happens in their lives and the people and other animals they come in contact with. So often they have no control over the events and are better or worse for them.

I also watched the movie but wish it had been truer to the book and been from the horse's view. It was a good movie but could have been better.

Would love to see the adaptation that is playing in Lincoln Center but pro
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Tristanm
Oct 20, 2014 Tristanm rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: wiebem sebastiaanm
AWESOME true story about a WAR HORSE
Kim
An amazing book- I couldn't stop reading! As Joey tells his story, you develop a connection with him. A must read for all horse lovers.
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