Review: PRIVATE PEACEFUL by Michael Morpurgo

Irene’s Desk recently read and reviewed Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a sample:

Private Peaceful was an amazing book about two brothers who joined the army to fight.

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Reviews: PRIVATE PEACEFUL by Michael Morpurgo

A couple WWI Reading Challenge participants recently posted reviews of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful.  Here are excerpts; click the links to read the full reviews.

Scrappy Cat said:

You know something terrible is going to happen when the night is over, but you don’t find out what until near the end of the book.  This is by the same author as War Horse, another World War I young adult book, and it is very well written.

Canadian Bookworm said:

The realities of war come to life, both the good and bad, the camaraderie and the deprivations. It  asks the big question What is courage and shows the difficult decisions these young men faced.

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Review: THE HORSE’S MOUTH by Mervyn Millar

ww1ha recently reviewed The Horse’s Mouth: Staging Morpurgo’s War Horse by Mervyn Millar for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

The book also is notable for what the various members of the theatrical team had to say about the war. Most admitted they didn’t know much about it when they began, beyond what they learned at school (which in the U.S. would be nothing).

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Review: WAR HORSE by Michael Morpurgo

Semicolon blog recently read and reviewed War Horse by Michael Morpurgo for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

I thought the author got the voice just right in this story, not too intellectual; after all Joey is a horse. And still the voice was that of a clever animal capable of forming loving bonds with his human owners and keepers.

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Review: WAR HORSE by Michael Morpurgo

One Great War recently read, watched the movie, and reviewed War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.  Here’s a snippet:

War Horse, a 1982 children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo and a 2011 film adaptation of the book, directed by Stephen Spielberg. If I had only read the book or seen the film, I think my review of either would have been glowing, but having seen the film, reading the book somehow made me enjoy both less.

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Review: PRIVATE PEACEFUL by Michael Morpurgo

Semicolon read and reviewed Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

I thought the novel itself, the story of Charlie and Tommo Peaceful, brothers who went to war together, was well-written and absorbing. Mr. Morpurgo kept me guessing until the end, and one of the minor characters, Big Joe, was so well-drawn that I wanted him to have his own book.

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Review: Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

The Children’s War recently read and reviewed Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a sample:

With Private Peaceful, I felt as though I (as a reader) were simply privy to Tommo’s private memories.  He wanted to be alone for the night and consciousness that I was there as a listener would have defeated his need to be alone.   Private Peaceful is a well written novel, but there are some graphic descriptions of trench warfare.  It is written in the plain, straightforward language of a young country boy at that time, such there is a real eloquence to it.

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Review: WAR HORSE by Michael Morpurgo

Scrappy Cat recently read and reviewed War Horse by Michael Morpurgo for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012. Here’s a sample:

Joey experiences many of the horrors of war.  Joey is the narrator of the book, and that works better than I thought it would.  The book is written for children aged 8 and up; I don’t often read children’s books, but I wanted to read this before seeing the movie.  It was a quick read; I’m a pretty slow reader and even I finished it in 2 days.

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Review: WAR HORSE by Michael Morpurgo

She Reads Novels recently read and reviewed War Horse by Michael Morpurgo for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a sample:

Despite being an avid reader as a child, I somehow missed out on Michael Morpurgo. The only one of his books that I read was Twist of Gold, at an age when I was starting to consider myself ‘too old’ for the children’s section of the library, and all I can remember is that it was about two children from Ireland who go to America to find their father during the Irish potato famine, and that it made me cry. But last week I read my second Michael Morpurgo book, War Horse, because I had decided to go to see the new Steven Spielberg film and wanted to read the book first. And War Horse, like all the best children’s books, is a book that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

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Review: WAR HORSE by Michael Morpurgo

Reva recently read and reviewed War Horse by Michael Morpurgo for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a sample:

War Horse was written from the horse’s point of view as he grew up on a farm, then was sold to the military and put into service in Europe during The Great War–World War I. It is also the love story of a boy and his horse, the betrayal that caused the two to be separated and the long journey toward their reunion. I think this would be a great book to read to a child.

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