Farm Boy, Paperback book

Farm Boy[Paperback]

by Michael Morpurgo

2.90 out of 5 (5 ratings)

HarperCollins Publishers 
Publication Date:
29 September 2011 
General fiction 


The magical sequel to 'War Horse', soon to be a major motion picture. Joey was the last working horse on the farm, and the apple of Grandpa's eye. In War Horse, Joey was sent away from the farm to be a warhorse in WWI. Grandpa had joined the cavalry in order to find, and fight, with Joey. Farm Boy brings us forward fifty years with Grandpa not only telling his grandson, Joey's story but also a 'shameful secret' which he has held for years...The story is set in Iddesleigh in Devon and lovingly evokes the bonds between farm and farmer; grandson and grandfather. The spirit of rural life is superbly captured in both Michael Morpurgo's writing and Michael Foreman's illustrations. An irresistible title from acclaimed author-illustrator partnership.

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  • I love War Horse. It's brilliant. This isn't.I mean, don't get me wrong, it's good, it's a nice little fable. I just don't see the point in it having the same characters as War Horse, because the stories are unconnected.

    3.00 out of 5


  • A sequel to War Horse. The Grandfather's tale of his younger life on the farm with Joey and Zoey his farm horses. A good gentle read.

    3.00 out of 5


  • 58) [Farm Boy] - Not bad, per se, but disappointing. When you market a book as the sequel to something, readers generally expect them to be similar: to have the same air about it. This book was obviously for a different age demographic, had a vastly different writing style, and if MM hadn't specifically stated the characters were the same from the first book, I wouldn't have had known in; the characters of Joey and Albert were very flat. I would have liked it a lot better if it hadn't raised my hopes about it being a follow-up to one of my favorite books.

    3.00 out of 5


  • I picked up this audiobook because it was partially performed by Derek Jacobi and because it revisits some of the characters from <i>War Horse</i>, a book which I read this year and fell in love with. Here, a young man visits with his grandfather on the family farm where the old man asks him to stay on for a few months to teach him how to read and write. When the young man leaves to go travelling, he finds his elder has left him an envelope with a handwritten story of how he and his own father won a race between their horses and a man on a tractor. One of the horses in question is <i>Joey</i>, the star of War Horse and we find out that he had a long life and a comfortable retirement. Sweet.

    3.00 out of 5


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