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Where My Wellies Take Me

4.42  ·  Rating Details ·  104 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 2012 by Templar Books
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Jan 04, 2015 Joanne rated it it was amazing
I rarely add the books I read with my children to my GR list, but this one is special.

Wonderful story -entertaining and informative, well-chosen poetry, truly stunning artwork.

It's a beautiful book. So, so beautiful.
Les McFarlane
May 14, 2017 Les McFarlane rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! Love this book. So here comes another reaction as My book reviews are dire!
Love the size, shape and feel of it. Its matte, thick pages covered in the most entrancing artwork. The colours are earthy and primal ( can you say that about colour?!) So before I had read it I was already a little bit in love with it!
The girl riding a horse on the front cover, Pippa, takes a well established walk from Aunt Peggy's round the surrounding area depicted on the map in the front of the book ( I have a
Dec 31, 2016 Phoebe added it
Shelves: picturebooks, poetry
A very sweet, quiet book with pretty illustrations and an unusual format, sprinkled with poetry. I would have LOVED it as a child. Didn't quite have the patience for it as an adult, and then the library needed the book back. I think I'll probably try again, when I'm in the mood for slower reading.
Laura Carter
Feb 16, 2013 Laura Carter rated it it was amazing
Brief Plot Summary:
This book is about a young girl called Pippa and her experience of the countryside. When staying with her Aunt Peggy, Pippa takes it upon herself to go on rambles through the country lanes of Devon in her wellies. Along the way, she encounters the various wildlife and people of the country. Pippa ‘loves’ poetry, and uses it to describe her thoughts and feelings as she comes across things in her journey. Some of the most famous poems Pippa incorporates into her diary-like narra
Libbyvine Vine
Jul 05, 2016 Libbyvine Vine rated it it was amazing
“I speak of a valley.
I call at morning
the roll of its farms
till cocks reply.
From the cobbled yards
they cry and eastwards
the first leaf stirs
in a hush of doves.

I speak of a river.
I herd the fleece bright
flock of its springs
till driven streams
are loud in the fold
I lead its waters
to praise among pastures
their hartstongue home.

I speak of a childhood.
I lay a nightlong
Fable of sleep
till morning sang
In the green of the light
between leaf and language
a birth of ballad
a bird alone.

Ballad and childhood
Chris Evans
Apr 22, 2014 Chris Evans rated it really liked it
Where My Wellies Take Me by author Michael Morpurgo has the most interesting illustrations I have seen in a book. It is now on my list to own because of that. I was not as in love with the story as with the other aspects of the book but the pictures, maps, flaps, pockets and foldouts won me over. It is a book comprised of many stories within a main story of a little girl named Pippa and her travels. It reminds me of a children’s scrapbook and keeps your interest through the whole book. It would ...more
Sep 13, 2014 Katy rated it it was amazing
Its a heart warming story and beautifully made book. The book as a whole feels like a trip into a warm summers memory that you can't quite remember. It takes me back to walks in the local woodland and times in primary school, honestly it makes me want to revisit these old places.

The book itself is a work of art each page is unique with a mixture of painterly and drawing styles. It feels like someones scrapbook with things to pull out, lift up and look through. Some pages are simple with a simpl
Mar 22, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely stunning. I am not a huge Morpurgo fan but i was absolutely mesmerized by each and every page of this - some of the poems and rhymes I knew and loved already but some I hadn't seen before I now love. The pages were fabulously illustrated with different sketchings, colours and backgrounds. The page with the rhyme of Incy Wincy Spider is just beautiful and I spent so long just re-reading each page because there is so much going on that it is not possible to skim read or glo ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Valerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb, poetry, psc2014, 2014
What a lovely, intimate book. Not sure when I first started reading it of the intended audience, but I can see it shared in families. Each spread is like a new adventure, some with fold outs or other flaps, and along with the visual feast, each of Pippa's adventures is filled with poetry by familiar poets. The book is infused with Michael and Clare Morpurgo's own childhoods, and is a delight for the senses. Some of the lovely, roughly scratched lines of narrative might be difficult for younger c ...more
Sep 22, 2015 Lucy rated it it was amazing
This is quite possibly the best children's book I've ever had the pleasure to read. I read it to my 5 year old daughter but found myself completely and utterly drawn in by Pippa and her adventures in the countryside. She reminds me a lot of my daughter, who spends most of her time outdoors. The scrapbook style makes it feel like what you're reading is not a story at all. The illustrations are stunning and compliment the journal perfectly. I love the poems and love the fact that it's introducing ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Zoya rated it it was amazing
This book has my favourite things: walking, countryside, poetry and great illustrations; and it is written by Michael Morpurgo, whose work I love. Of course I utterly enjoyed it. My 6 year-old daughter liked it, but found some of the poems a bit boring - could be more suitable for slightly older child.

I borrowed this book from the library for my daughter and myself to provide as with the inspiration and some new ideas for our own journal keeping. Once the weather becomes warmer we are planning t
Mar 26, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, children
If ever a book could capture my inner child! This book is presented as a scrapbook of journal snippets, poems, and drawings from scribbles to paintings, stamps and collages. Every nook and cranny wants to be explored. It reminds me of a modern, more fun-loving version of The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, which I also really enjoyed though that book was an actual diary, from the early 1900's.
Since all author royalties for this one benefit Farms For City Children, it's the best money I've s
May 13, 2015 Bia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a *beautiful* book. It pulled me in and took me back to my childhood, growing up on our dairy farm. I also used to love wandering about, being followed by the farm dog or the cat, inspecting on all the animals in their respective corrals, drinking in what nature had to offer along the way. Beautiful illustrations, heart-warming poems and the narrative is engaging throughout.
This is a wonderful addition to any child's (or child-at-heart's) library, and a great resource for children's natu
I love this book. A memoir, an art book, a picture book, a journal, a poetry collection, an illustrated collection of one person's life yet relatable to so many things. An absolutely beautiful book, unfolding pages to reveal secret passages and poetry, a travelogue, a deep pleasure.

Would also serve as a great guide for older children, tweens, teens, adults as an effective way to lay out a memoir of their own. I could see an entire art and writing project built around this. Wonderful.
T Crockett
Jan 19, 2014 T Crockett rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Each page is full of discoveries. It's set up as a journal (full of great writing itself) and then there is a collection of poems mixed in, both well known and not so well known. The illustrations and collages are enough to make you go through it again and again.

I found it in the children's section, and I think an older elementary school student would like it, but I got it for myself and enjoyed it thoroughly (and I've been adult for quite a while).
Sep 02, 2013 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile-nf, poetry
Delightful! I only read a few pages a day just to savor the images evoked by the clever integration of poetry and narrative.
Casual illustrations support the carefree mood of going on a journey with no special destination.
I also found a new favorite author: Ted Hughes. Each one of his poems grabbed me, and then I realized they were all by him.
The Bookloft
Bookseller: Lauren

This is a treasure. Not an "at one sitting" book, but a "come back to" book.
Fine poetry, absorbing drawings and paintings, plus a story line that takes readers for a long, deep walk into the world.
Mar 23, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
A simply beautiful book in every way. I bought this thinking of using it in some way with my class, and I will, but this book is not just for young people, snuggle up, listen to rain on the window and plan your next walk in the countryside.
Was attracted by the illustrations when flicking through. Very glad I borrowed it to read as the whole book is wonderful. The story is great, all the poetry is wonderful, and the illustrations are beautiful.
Oct 28, 2013 Frances rated it it was amazing
I cam across this book while browsing a local bookstore and it just demanded that I take it home with me. I am still thinking about getting copies for friends.
It s a "childhood scrapbook with poems and pictures" and the story and artwork (by Olivia Lomenech Gill) are just wonderful
Feb 21, 2015 Den rated it it was ok
Shelves: children, poetry, 2015
Each page is brilliantly drawn and highlights things found on a country walk. There are lots of flaps and different artistic pages.
It reminds me of a simplified version of 'Diary of an Edwardian Lady'

Jun 21, 2014 Tanya rated it it was amazing
Exquisite illustrations make this a truly memorable read.
Jan 07, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enviro-aware
I want to pull on my wellies and tag along. Excellent collection of poems, drawings and bits of wandering daring-do for middle grade and up.
Sep 06, 2013 Lupine rated it it was amazing
One of the most beautiful and creative collections of poetry I've seen. I could spend hours reading through this one....
Vonnie Skaggs
Loved this book!!! It is a must have for my library! Wish it had been written when my children were younger and we'd go hiking in our wellies!
Chris Thomas
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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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