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Is Warhorse suitable for a 9yo?

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ChaosTrulyReigns · 28/03/2011 21:47

I've heard it's very upsetting - Perhaps I should just read it first myself to find out?

Anyone else read it? Or have your DC read it?


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sethstarkaddersmackerel · 28/03/2011 21:48

I've read it, yes it is sad but not inappropriate.

ChaosTrulyReigns · 28/03/2011 22:46

Thanks ssam.

I'll give it a go.

Just a bit fed up with reading books before the DDs do.

I have a list that I'm trying to work throufh for me as well.

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CoffeeGoneColdAgain · 30/03/2011 11:49

Ds has just read this, he is just 11! he said it was a great book, was sad but not too upsetting!

Idratherbemuckingout · 01/04/2011 17:51

Why not try The Midwinter Child - exciting and not sad!

CornishTwinMoominMamma · 01/04/2011 21:24

It's a bit 'meh' actually - there are way better Morpurgos. I read it recently because I wanted to see the National Theatre production. It's fine for a nine year old but not particularly gripping.

chr0nic · 30/05/2011 21:43

I thought it was great but really not suitable for a 9 year old. Not only is it terribly sad but there are some rather graphic battle descriptions in it and very explicit details of terrible suffering. I am also not sure that a 9 year old would understand the over-riding theme of the futility of war either. The theatre production is not recommended for kids under 11 I think.

Emzar · 30/05/2011 23:10

I would be happy with a 9 year-old of mine reading it - there are descriptions of battles in it, but it's in no way gory or graphic.

madamehooch · 31/05/2011 07:32

Get them 'Not Bad for a Bad Lad' by Morpurgo instead. No need to read that one first and it's wonderful!

mouseanon · 31/05/2011 07:36

My 7 yr old has read it. Had some very searching questions about war after but wasn't upset by it.

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