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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Movie Review: WAR HORSE

Books and Movies watched and reviewed War Horse for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

This movie was epic, but of course, what else would you expect from Steven Spielberg? War Horse follows Joey, a horse trained by a young farmer’s son named Albert, as he moves from owner to owner during the course of World War I. As I am not a big animal person, I was worried about whether or not I could stay engaged in what was, essentially, the horse’s story, but I was completely engrossed from opening scene to closing credits. And so was the whole family, everyone from age 46 down to age 10 – and that is saying a lot, as the movie runs about 2 hours and 20 minutes.

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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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Movie Review: WAR HORSE

Victoria Janssen recently watched and reviewed War Horse, the movie, for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a sample:

I’ve never read the novel War Horse by Michael Morpurgo; all of my comments are based on the Spielberg movie. I imagine the novel is a much different experience, because it allows for narration from the horse’s point of view. In the movie, the horse is not given a voice.

As someone who’s done a lot of reading about World War One, I really enjoyed the visuals of this movie, particularly the trenches and No Man’s Land. Some of it looked so familiar, I suspect I’ve seen some of the research photos that were used. In particular, I liked how accurately the British and German trenches were differentiated. In general, the German trenches were larger, better-constructed, and more comfortable; this is clearly shown in a scene during the Somme offensive when the lead character, Albert, makes it into a German trench before being gassed.

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Review: WAR HORSE by Michael Morpurgo

Savvy Verse & Wit recently read and reviewed War Horse by Michael Morpurgo for the WWI Reading Challenge.  Here’s a snippet:

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo is told from the point of view of the horse, who is sold at auction to a drunken farmer and is written for a younger audience, grades 5-8.  In this coming of age story, the young boy Albert Narracott and his Red Bay Joey grow up together and the bond they create lasts through a number of obstacles.  Joey is sold and is off to war — The Great War — to work as a cavalry horse.  Like soldiers in war, Joey must learn maneuvers and be conditioned to fight, which really translates into unlearning farm work and learning how to get his rider safely through the enemy lines.  Morpurgo takes Joey and his readers on a harrowing journey through France where much of the battles take place, and like soldiers, horses were captured as prisoners of war.

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