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Find out what Mumsnetters' children though of The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd and illustrated by Levi Pinfold

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UrsulaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 11-Oct-16 16:50:05

Set in the midst of WW2, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill is a novel about the enduring power of storytelling and the imagination, complete with drawings by award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold.

We ask all winners to share their thoughts about the book on this discussion thread. However, you don't have to win a free copy to take part in the discussion - anyone who has read The Secret Horses of Briar Hill can post their feedback here (and you can buy the book now).

Everyone who posts on this thread before 1 December will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Love2shop voucher.

This giveaway is sponsored by Walker Books

ricola1 Thu 13-Oct-16 07:05:33

Very realistic. I really believe I was there watching the book come alive

amyhalliday1 Thu 13-Oct-16 07:27:17

Really emotional and realistic

carolineandryanandseb Thu 13-Oct-16 07:39:29

Not my cup of tea I'm afraid, found it too fantastic and I felt the author had missed a trick. Having said that, I respect his storytelling and occasionally found myself lost in his world, I just didn't like his world!

KAKADU2001 Thu 13-Oct-16 07:42:43

It's just more of what we have seen before in many other novels of this type. Nowadays it seems that Authors are getting lazy and not coming up with anything that is dramatically new.

Lisapaige24 Thu 13-Oct-16 08:18:31

I did find it a bit of a cross between Narnia and the secret garden but it was very realistic and great for kids it takes you in to another world who doesn't like the thought of horses with wings and a magic mirror world

glenka Thu 13-Oct-16 08:27:46

Not our usual type of book but very well written.

bubbleybooboo Thu 13-Oct-16 08:34:47

I think it has the makings to be a true classic. Its an world war 2 evacuation story that has a touch of magic but not enough to distort the story into something overly fantasy based making it both magical and realistic at the same time.

Its an emotionally, beautiful story that will be enjoyed by children and adults and it encourages the power of imagination. The pictures are simply beautiful.

vonniebab2 Thu 13-Oct-16 08:44:58

A wonderful story with a magical touch and beautiful drawings

MegCleary Thu 13-Oct-16 08:53:50

Looks great

kittensmittens12 Thu 13-Oct-16 09:15:24

This book made me cry. The author has a really unique voice and it's completely different to anything else i've read recently.

frances93 Thu 13-Oct-16 09:29:04

I really enjoyed this book and found myself getting really into it early on, I love that it's encouraging the reader to use their imagination!

jacqui5366 Thu 13-Oct-16 10:28:48

My 11 year old daughter loved this, she love the magic of the horses - almost 'Pottereque' and as she read the Anne Frank diaries last year she compered the two experiences. The author I feel has great potential for great things.

emmav6 Thu 13-Oct-16 10:40:52

my imagination is rubbish but this book did really help me to explore it more with fabuous illustrations too

stefalfie11 Thu 13-Oct-16 11:41:56

Beautiful book with amazing drawings to help even me who has zero imagination get into the book!

emzywemzy1986 Thu 13-Oct-16 11:49:41

Its a great book, i couldnt put it down! I have actually let my friend borrow it now as i read through it so quick. Great storyline and the drawings are amazing. Job well done smile

iut044 Thu 13-Oct-16 12:30:51

my child loved reading it .

jandoc Thu 13-Oct-16 12:59:57

something different for us but enjoyed so much

sarah861421 Thu 13-Oct-16 13:30:12

I thought it was well written and really draw you into the world, but the child I read it with wouldnt finish the book, as she just didnt enjoy the story enough. I would recommend the author but perhaps not this particular book

Sid98 Thu 13-Oct-16 14:27:46

Intriguing read

yourgrace Thu 13-Oct-16 15:09:53

I would like to win a copy

IonaAilidh11 Thu 13-Oct-16 18:09:02

very emotional great book

cocochips Thu 13-Oct-16 19:11:05

Fabulous book with great illustrations

kayleigh39 Thu 13-Oct-16 19:16:31

My niece has this book and says it's one of the best books she's read - and she has read many! I love this book as its set in the war, the intrigue, excitement, fear and emotional rollercoaster that goes with this book makes it a must-read!

glennamy Thu 13-Oct-16 19:21:46

Not my style of book but eldest daughter loved it!

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