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"Here is a laureate with the imaginative force to wrest children from the numbness of a dreary education. It is Morpurgo's time to loom large in the lives of others." The Guardian" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo, the Children’s Laureate of Britain from 2003 to 2005, has written more than one hundred books and received numerous prestigious awards. He and his wife, Clare, founded the organization Farms for City Children. They live in Devon, England.

Peter Bailey has been illustrating books for more than thirty-five years and has worked with such authors as Philip Pullman, Dick King-Smith, and Allan Ahlberg. He lives in Liverpool, England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076363624X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763636241
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,049,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain's best-loved children's book writers. He has written more than 100 books and has won the Smarties Prize, the Whitbread Award, and most recently the Blue Peter Book Award for PRIVATE PEACEFUL. He is also the author of WAR HORSE, which has been made into a Tony Award-winning Broadway play and a Golden Globe-nominated film. Michael was Writer in Residence at The Savoy Hotel from January to March 2007, and previously he was Children's Laureate from 2003-2005, a role that took him across Britain to inspire a love of reading in children. You can visit him online at www.michaelmorpurgo.com.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on November 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This collection of short stories, essays and commentaries was written by Michael Morpurgo, the Children's Laureate of Britain from 2003 to 2005. Morpurgo believes that everyone loves a good story, and with effort and practice, most folks can become good storytellers. He gives some background about his early life, and explains how a love of words and a very active imagination combined with life experience and education to make him the highly respected writer/storyteller he has become today.

Some of the stories, such as "My Father is a Polar Bear" and "The Giant's Necklace," have peculiar titles. Let's face it, a real polar bear couldn't write a story about his father. And if giants really existed, would they wear or even own necklaces? How would it be possible for a person to be "Half a Man"? Curious readers will wonder where and how the author got his unique (and very odd) ideas. Morpurgo explains that memory is an important part of a story and that a story can't be hurried into being.

One such tale, "Meeting Cézanne," illustrates this idea quite well. A young Parisian boy named Yannick spends part of one spring in Provence with his uncle's family, who runs an inn and teaches him the restaurant business. He works as a busboy and kitchen helper, and even learns how to make a pretty good crème brulée. One day, the restaurant staff excitedly prepares for a visit from a famous person. Yannick wonders what all the fuss is about as he makes dessert. The customer is so pleased with Yannick's delicious crème brulée that he leaves a special gift instead of a tip. Not knowing the identity of this famed stranger, Yannick doesn't realize that he's destroying something precious when he burns the paper tablecloth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arpakorn on November 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is a collection of short stories and how the author came to write them. Almost all the short stories are very touching with love and compassion deeply felt. Complimenting that with the author's essays on writing makes this book even more valuable as a guide and an inspiration for anyone who want to learn to write.
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