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Michael Morpurgo

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OSETmum · 20/03/2017 21:08

Ds (7) has just had Tom's Sausage Lion by Michael Morpurgo as his school reading book and absolutely loved it! He says it's his favourite ever book (and he's a big reader) and he couldn't put it down. He'd like to read some more Michael Morpurgo books but there looks to be a huge difference in length/ difficulty/ sensitivity of topics. Please can someone recommend one that he'd like to try next? Length and difficulty aren't as important as appropriateness of the subjects in the book. He'd like another animal one really.

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sunbird17 · 21/03/2017 11:45

'The Butterfly Lion' I think was the first Morpurgo book that I read when I was about that age.

OSETmum · 21/03/2017 16:24

Thanks, I'm sure he'd like that with it being about a lion again!

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Leeds2 · 22/03/2017 19:24

Kaspar Prince of Cats might suit.

There is also Cool. which is about a boy in a coma whose dog comes into the hospital to visit him. Zola, the Chelsea footballer, also comes to visit him, which dates it a bit, but the story is still good.

Leeds2 · 23/03/2017 19:10

Coincidentally, I happened to buy Billy the Kid from a charity shop this afternoon. Haven't read it yet, but judging by the type it would be suitable for 7 year olds. I saw from the blurb on the back that one of the character's dreams, before War broke out, was to play for Chelsea so I am guessing that Morpurgo is a Chelsea fan given my other recommendation!

OSETmum · 23/03/2017 22:20

Thanks Leeds I'm sure he'd love the cat and the dog books! He hates football though so maybe not Billy the Kid! Good idea to look in the charity shops though.

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Leeds2 · 23/03/2017 23:03

There were lots of Morpurgos, and Beast Quests, in my Cancer Research shop today. Looked like someone had been clearing out their chid's collections. I am often in there because I buy for the school library where I volunteer.

almightygirl · 23/03/2017 23:15

Just so you know, Billy the Kid actually touches on a lot of issues such as homelessness and alcoholism, family deaths and major injuries! Ds1 read it when he was in yr 4 and he could just about understand it and not be upset by it.

He might like The Butterfly Lion, Aldophus Tips, Mr Skip or Kaspar

Leeds2 · 24/03/2017 16:00

Thanks for that warning, almightygirl!

almightygirl · 24/03/2017 16:45

You're welcome! It is a good book, really opened ds1's eyes to the after-effects many soldiers suffered.

user1484715539 · 13/04/2017 17:28

There are plenty. My daughter was addicted to Michael Morpurgo.
Born to run, Running Wild, Elephant in the garden, Shadow

iseenodust · 15/04/2017 17:53

Mudpuddle farm collection is lovely and does not feature death !

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