Pinocchio by Michael Morpurgo

pinocchiobigger"Now - there's no point in pretending here - I was, and still am deep down, a puppet. Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is I'm not just a puppet, I'm more than just bits of wood and string. I'm me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story..."

So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio's words to tell the famous puppet's story in his own inimitable, cheeky and funny way.

Lavishly illustrated throughout in full colour by the acclaimed Emma Chichester Clark, this is a must-have gift for all book lovers, and an utterly charming and surprising adaptation of a much-loved tale.


Extract from the book


About the author

morpurgoreadingMichael Morpurgo is one of the UK's best-loved authors and storytellers. He was appointed Children's Laureate in May 2003, a post he helped to set up with his friend Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2007. He has written more than 120 books, including Kensuke's Kingdom which won the Children's Book Award 2000 and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book Award and the Carnegie Medal in 2000.

His novel, Private Peaceful, a harrowing story about the First World War was published in autumn 2003. It won the 2004 Red House Children's Book Award and the Blue Peter Book Award in 2005. His novel Shadow about a boy from Afghanistan and the dog he befriends won the Red House Children's Book Award 2011, voted for by children.

Many of Michael's books have been adapted for the stage. These include Private Peaceful, Kensuke's Kingdom, Why the Whales Came and The Mozart Question, and most notably, the National Theatre's production of War Horse. It was awarded the best design prize in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, and has now moved to New York where it has been awarded five Tony Awards. The film of War Horse by Steven Spielberg was released in January 2012.

Michael Morpurgo lives in Devon with his wife Clare. He has three children and seven grandchildren.

Michael Morpurgo is 70

To mark his 70th birthday, Harper Collins are launching #MorpurgoMonth and will publish Of Lions and Unicorns, a gorgeous hardback edition featuring twenty-five enchanting short stories by the nation's favourite storyteller

To celebrate we're running Twitter competitions throughout the month to win bundles of Michael's books, including exclusive signed copies. To join in make sure you're following us on Twitter @Mumsnetbookclub.

Watch this video to find out more about Michael Morpurgo month and hear Michael talking about his books.


About the illustrator

Emma Chichester Clarke is a British children's book illustrator and author with more than 60 books to her name, including her Blue Kangaroo and Wagtale Town series.

Watch this video of Emma talking about illustrating Pinocchio by Michael Morpurgo.

If you receive a copy, we do expect you to post a review or join in the discussion on the thread. Everyone who reviews or joins the discussion will be entered into a draw to win one of five copies of Emma Chichester Clarke's wonderful Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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