Singing for Mrs Pettigrew : A Storymaker's Journey, Paperback

Singing for Mrs Pettigrew : A Storymaker's Journey Paperback

Illustrated by Peter Bailey

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


This collection by the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, contains short stories, essays and commentaries to illuminate the craft of storytelling.

Analyzing all aspects of writing - character, plot, sources and inspiration, retelling and biography - it is perfect for anyone, young or old, who loves great stories and wants to know more about the art of telling tales.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Short stories
  • ISBN: 9781406305746



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Singing for Mrs Pettigrew is a collection of short stories with short essays by the author between them. I enjoyed it immensely as a collection of short stories. Morpurgo is obviously a gifted story-teller and he really puts a big emotional impact into very few words. I picked this up though above his others for the inclusion of the essays and I have to say I was disappointed. I felt they were often rambling and not deeply related to the stories I was reading. The worst offender being an essay that started as being about islands and ended up with a long-winded call for the reader to go read treasure island. I was maybe hoping for something a little more concrete about Morpurgo's methods. This story grew out of this and then went through this and here's the finished article as opposed to "Read lots, be connected to the land and knowing other authors probably helps" which is how I feel the essays in this book could be summarized.