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This touching story of the close relationship between grandson and grandfather, and the special secret they share, is enhanced by factual illustrations of farming history from the beginning of the century....

Title : Farm Boy
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ISBN : 9780006754121
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Number of Pages : 112 Pages
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Farm Boy Reviews

  • Kwesi 章英狮
    2019-05-07 04:39

    Farm Boy is the second installment to Michael Morpurgo's War Horse Series. Although this book is short and recommended to much younger readers of the first book, War Horse, the book has this imprint of Morpurgo's writing style even you turn the pages upside down. The usage of thorough old country mouse English, the pre- and post- World War 1 setting, the long beautiful and struggling narrative, the patience and of course, the much awaited Morpurgo's love to horses.In Farm Boy, Morpurgo changed something big in this book. Instead of writing Joey's point of view, this time, Morpurgo wrote Albert's point of view by using his son's, now a grandfather of the protagonist, way of portraying his father in the old days. Farm Boy is another retelling of the past and another short legend to be told to the young, an after story for the hero of the past.The book can be subdivided into three parts or stories; the summary, the Grandfather's story and the conclusion of the protagonist to his dilemma. The summary tells the story and adventure of Albert, named Corporal after the World War 1 in the entire book, when he was fourteen in his own point of view and to claim his promise to the horse when his drunkard father sold the horse to the army. The Grandfather's story of his father and the legend of the old wrecked tractor in the barn which is the main story of the book. And lastly, the protagonists struggle to conquer his parents' wants for him and his own will to decide his future. Three stories enough to fit a 33-paged electronic book with large illustrations to be enjoyed by everyone.I'm not a maniac but I find it difficult to understand the Corporal's love to the horse. Joey, Albert's bay horse with four white socks and a cross in the forehead, had a special love to Albert. What I mean is more than best friends, more than a brother. Something a male horse, an animal, and a human being share a special bond like your neighbor's maiden having a special interest to a dog. But it was Joey Father loved best. If ever he got sick, Father would bed down with him in his stable and never leave his side. He loved that horse like a brother, more maybe.From the text above, the protagonist's grandfather described his father's love to the horse. Is this another zoophilia case or a homosexuality? Nobody could tell. Another evidence was the jealousy of the Corporal's wife towards Joey in the end of the first book.He talked to me of many things after that... and of course about Masie, whose crusty bread was every bit as good as he had said. But try as I might, I never got to eat any her pasties and do you know, she never even offered me one. — from War HorseMore than that, we cannot consider the Corporal's love to be gay or zoophilia for that first text above was mentioned by his son. Truth, the son suspected his father but loved him so much. And the second text, it was Joey's suspicion to his best friend's wife. If only Corporal could tell the truth. There are also some hidden sexually messages or foreshadowing in the War Horse or maybe I'm just a freak who read Fifty Shades of Grey while reading this. But do you think that things like that happen in children's literature?For Morpurgo's love of horses, I knew from the very start that Morpurgo love the companion of horses but he thinks of them as simply animals who don't have a soul. Is that against of any animal welfare crime? Any living things, anything that moves have souls except automaton. But philosophies and perspectives of men cannot be argued fully for they chose their own answers and defend for it until the end of their lives.Kindest man that ever lived, my father. Big and gentle, just like Joey. But he had spirit all right.The Grandfather's description of his dead father with the same characteristics as Joey but his father had the spirit or soul that differ him from the animal. But animals can talk, it's just that we cannot understand them for there are many ways to communicate or maybe the Grandfather thought of it as lower form of being than humans or maybe not. Where is the love grandpapa?The Grandfather's story is quite hard to read compared to War Horse and the rest of the parts. Because the Grandfather never attended his school in the past for he is a farm boy, the letter missed most of the punctuation marks and spellings that the author emphasizes in the letter. Plus, the letter is the spotlight of the book so a reader requires patience to fully aware of what he is reading in that part and to enjoy immensely. Characters in the story are named compared to the main character, the Grandfather and Corporal. So be careful also of nouns used to describe the characters as names.Illustrations are great; they are sketches of the old posters of the past. Such as a poster is trying to advertise to save horses in the war and the first released of tractors in the market and how farming changed after that. The author also includes humor for everyone and hopes you'll enjoy everything as a whole.‘I was thinking about her on the dresser,’ he said. It took me a moment or two to work out who he meant. ‘Be twenty years today. She went and left me twenty years ago today. Everything to me, she was, and she goes and dies on me. And you know what? We was in the middle of something, something we hadn’t finished. And she took ill and died. She shouldn’t have. She shouldn’t have.’‘What were you in the middle of?’He looked at me and tried to smile.Rating: Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo, 3½ SweetsChallenges: Book #72 for 2011

  • Becky
    2019-04-27 23:57

    I finished War Horse earlier in the week and although I wouldn't say it was fantastic I did enjoy it and so when I saw there was a sequel I decided I should read that too. So I requested this from the library and it came in pretty quickly, when I got it I was surprised by how small it was, just 110 pages and half of those were covered in illustrations. Not much of a story then!This literally took me 20 minutes to read it was so quick and I have to say I was very disappointed. This isn't really a sequel at all, it doesn't really follow on from the first book at all, but starts with Albert's (Joeys first young owner) great great grandson going to visit his grandfather. Whilst there his grandfather recounts tales of his father (Albert) and his Grandad and of course Joey (the War Horse)It's a rather pointless read to be honest. The grandfather talks about life as a Farmer and how much he loves it, then recounts a story of when Joey and Zoey (the two horses) were used in a ploughing challenge against a neighbor who had one of the first tractors. Whilst it was a sweet little story and clearly had it's morals, there wasn't any real point to it. Considering how much we read about Joey learning to plough in book 1 and returning to be a Farm Horse at the end of the book I could have imagined that myself.I was sorely let down by this book. It could easily be put in the back of War Horse as a 'Bonus Short Story'. I certainly wouldn't pay full book price just to get this. If you loved the world of War Horse so much then this is a little added extra, and could be worth 20 minutes of your time, but borrow it from the library!I'm sorry Morpurgo, but this really let the story down!

  • Samantha
    2019-05-02 23:32

    'Farm Boy' is a cute short story based on the descendants of the characters from 'War Horse'. Unfortunately, it is missing two of the key items that made 'War Horse' so compelling: the horse's point of view and World War I.This book is incredibly short (my edition is 106 pages of large type and many large illustrations), so it is also nowhere near as in depth as the first installment. It is told from the point of view of Albert's great-great grandson while he visits his own grandfather (Albert's son) at the farm. The grandfather tells stories of his own father and his horse, Joey, which is how this ties in with 'War Horse'.The emotions that ran strong in the first book, just don't exist in this one. Also, it seems to be written at a lower grade level, which is odd for a sequel. My 11 year old loved 'War Horse' as much as I did and we cried together over Joey's hardships. She wouldn't even give this one a second glance. I would estimate it's at more of an 8 year old level.Still, it was a nice little story that doesn't take long to read. If you are interested in what happened to Joey and Albert after the war, this gives you a little taste of that.

  • Julie Leithy
    2019-04-28 23:45

    Anyone expecting the excitment and anguish of war Horse,this is not the book, it is a sequel but about the great grandson of the original war horse. Joey and his owner return from the war as heros and then settle down back into life on the farm,but soon horses will not be needed on the farms or in the towns with the invention of tractors and cars. One day Joey and his owner get involved in a bet to see who can plough better the tractor or a horse drawn plough, the war horse spirit returns Joey is harnessed up and off they go. Who will win! the tale is recounted many years later to the Great Grandson,,Joey and his owner have long since passed away and the world has changed , The Grandson loves the farm but wants to see the world, but Grandpa has a confession to make and wants his help first. This is a lovelly gentle book and it is nice to know the happy ending for Joey the original war horse, flag

  • Yusra ✨
    2019-05-09 01:33

    now that I think back to it, the lack of proper grammar (it was purposeful) was really annoying, and like, where was the plot again? But I’m still keeping this on my shelf because look at that beautiful horse 🐴💗 (dear apple, fix ur damn horse emoji asap)it’s basically just a middle schooler, visiting his grandfather, and discovering he is somewhat illiterate. so, he begins to teach him (in the sweetest way!) and as a going away gift, his grandfather writes him a story about a plot horse race. & because he’s illiterate (nothing against that!) the story is written in a way that lacks punctuation and grammar. still pre cute though! anything horses, I’m down 😋🌸

  • Stuart
    2019-04-24 04:41

    Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo deserves ten stars out of five but as there are only five stars available that will have to do. In my complete ignorance I only realised when I started the book that it is the sequel to War Horse, but I actually enjoyed it more than War Horse (mainly because Joey wasn’t the narrator).There are fantastic illustrations from the start, which place you mentally back in time as Grandpa reminiscences about the past, including memories of the first world war and his favourite farm horse, Joey. There are also links to more recent events such as the war in Bosnia in the 1990s too. It is unbelievably well written and the intrigue of Grandpa’s secret will keep you hooked. We then find out what the secret is and the book simply becomes a modern day classic......Grandpa can’t read. This is such a useful tool. It highlights the importance of reading and writing (so Grandpa can record his memories for example) while at the same time subtly removing any stigma to not being able to read. It is so well achieved and many children will relate to and be inspired by Grandpa, who has already been built up as a loveable character, as he perseveres to learn. The fact that reading and writing is shown to be such an important form of expression and way to record history will also reinforce the purpose of reading and writing for many.This is probably a book for confident readers at KS2 and there are obvious cross-curricular links to history lessons. All-in-all this is a superb book.

  • teleri llinos
    2019-04-29 07:43

    I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did with War Horse, but it’s a nice short story and has a really cute feeling about it. I was able to read it very quickly and couldn’t help but feel like it was more like an afterthought than anything else, but I did enjoy it and it would be perfect for a bed time story, I liked this book very much.

  • Helen O'Toole
    2019-04-30 23:53

    A beautifully written sequel to War Horse. You must read War Horse first to fully comprehend the peaceful simplicity of farm life after the horrors of war. I loved the secret his grand dad had kept all those years and there is a nobility to the relationship between the grandfather and his grandson. This book would also tie into a study of Aesop's Fables & the Hare and The Tortoise. I love Michael Morpurgo's easy style of writing. Your 8 to 14 year old children will gain so much from reading any of his novels just as I did.

  • Mairead Flannery
    2019-05-06 04:53

    Farm Boy, Michael MarpurgoI found ‘Farm Boy’ to be a heart-warming tale about an unlikely relationship between a young boy and his grandfather. The young boy loved spending his free time on his grandfather’s farm. He would spend hours playing on an old tractor in the barn, pretending to be out in the fields ploughing. The grandfather would sit and tell the young boy of stories from the past, about his father serving in World War 1 and of his father’s love for his horse Joey, whom he joined the army to find. The young boy loved just to sit and listen to the tales from the past.When the young boy grew up and finished school he returned to farm once more. This time it was different. The grandfather had a secret, a secret he wanted the young boy to help him with. He had never learned to read and write, so he asked the young boy would he stay on the farm with him and teach him. The young boy had doubts and had plans to go to Australia in the New Year. So the grandfather made a deal with him to stay until the New Year and the grandfather would write him a story when he was leaving.And so he stayed, spending longs days on the farm and teaching his grandfather to read and write. When it came time for the young boy to leave, the grandfather had learned to read and write and true to his word the grandfather had written a story for the young boy. The story was about the old tractor in the barn, the tractor the young boy spend hours playing on when he was younger. It told the tale of how the grandfather’s father had won the tractor in a bet many years ago.The young boy never forgot his time on the farm and years later when he had moved home and finished his college degree, the young boy move back to the farm to work alongside his grandfather and even fixed up the old tractor tin the barn.I loved this story. It was a gripping tale that made you want to continue reading. You found yourself interested in the grandfather’s stories and you wanted to find out the grandfather’s secret and if he’d succeed.I would recommend this book for children over 8 years of age, it is the type of story that could be read to the class or could be used for independent reading.

  • Lynda
    2019-05-04 04:01

    Farm Boy is the sequel to War Horse and is set in the same Devon village and continues the tale of the horse Joey and Albert, his owner.The story is narrated by Albert’s teenage great grandson, who lives in London but spends most of his holidays in the countryside with his beloved grandfather, Albert’s son. During this time he hears tales of how Joey was sold to the cavalry and sent to the warfront in France and how 14 year old Albert was so distraught he joined up to find him."Now there’s millions of men over there, millions of horses, too,” writes Morpurgo. “Needle in a haystack you might think, and you’d be right. It took him three years of looking, but he never gave up. Just staying alive was the difficult bit.”Morpurgo movingly portrays the bond between grandson and grandfather, particularly as the old man reflects on the past and reveals a secret he’s kept to himself for years. Like War Horse, Farm Boy is a great read.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-13 07:46

    “Farm Boy” is the short but sweet sequel to “War Horse.” Although having read the first book will give readers a deeper understanding of the characters, it is not essential because the main account is summarized. Written in down-to-earth language, “Farm Boy” is narrated by the great-grandson of the Corporal who owned the famous horse, Joey. He is a self-proclaimed town boy, and when his grandfather makes an unexpected request that requires spending several months working on his farm, he is at first reluctant. However, doing so proves to be life-changing as he discovers the story behind his grandfather’s prized green Fordson tractor and its connection to Joey. This book is a quick read with an abundance of pleasant black-and-white illustrations, some of which are replicas of vintage advertisements. As a bonus, this first American edition includes a brief interview with Michael Morpurgo.

  • Jan
    2019-05-12 00:51

    Farm Boy is the sequel to War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo. The story is narrated by the great-grandson of Albert, the owner of Joey. He goes to stay with his grandfather, who is Albert's son, on the old family farm. He hears the story of Albert and Joey's war years and also learns a secret that his grandfather has hidden for years--he is unable to read or write. He begins to teach his grandfather, who promises to pay him well for the lessons. But the young man earns something far richer--as he hears the stories of life on the farm, he decides that this might be the life for him too.This is a tender and nostalgic look at a bygone era of English rural life. A great quick read.

  • Hannah JoyS.
    2019-05-16 05:56

    I didn't know that there was a sequel to the War Horse book but then I found this and I had to read it.It was a very nice read. I started it one evening and finished in bed the next morning.It is two generations after Albert in the first book. I took a minute to figure this out. A short, simple read that I enjoyed.

  • Dion Chan
    2019-05-03 00:44

    This is the type of book that I like to read as I like books that are slow and I will always be curious of what will happen. While reading the book, I learn some new words as well as the life in the farm that was something I did not really know of and interested about.

  • Louise
    2019-05-14 00:42

    nice little sequel to War Horse (though eldest child was confused by a few things that we dont remember being in war horse) telling the story of Albert and Joey even further.quickest read ever as more illustrations than text, but we liked knowing what happened to them both after the war.

  • Chloe Felton
    2019-05-15 04:32

    I liked this book but not as much as the first war horse book...

  • Patrice
    2019-05-20 05:51

    While not as good as Warhorse, it is an endearing story with a bit of a John Henry folktale feel to it. The set up with a frame story adds to the anecdotal sense. But it is much shorter than Warhorse and is still half or more illustration. It isn't that the pictures are pretty or don't enrich the story, but there is a lot of unexplored plot space. Even by youth fiction length standards, I would consider this a short story more than a novel or novella.

  • Becky Hancox
    2019-04-21 07:46

    Thought I'd start my 2018 reading challenge with one of my favourite authors books.This was an easy and enjoyable read, I started and finished it on the train back to university. It was a nice, sweet ending to the story of Joey and Corporals companionship. If you enjoyed War Horse, you will most likely enjoy this, although it is nowhere near as heart wrenching as the first novel, it is still a delight to read, a classic Morpurgo story.

  • thelittlebooklover
    2019-04-20 23:43

    What an awful book. I was so excited for a War Horse sequel and this book completely disappointed me. Absolute rubbish: awful plot and generally rubbish writing. Not what I expected from Michael Morpurgo.

  • Mary K.
    2019-05-17 01:35

    A sweet sequel to the initial story. I do enjoy juvenile literature. When I was a single-digit reader there were not all these wonderful stories and I love going back to my "inner child" by reading them now.

  • Kathy Sheehan
    2019-05-06 03:47

    A wonderful short story of love and respect between generations. As a grandparent, this book made me happy thinking about the love between grandparent and grandchild, and how we learn from each other if we only open up and listen.

  • Opticalillusion
    2019-05-18 23:48

    If you are looking for a quick fun read then this is a great one for you to read

  • Darshn
    2019-04-22 03:37

    It wasn't the best book, but it was quite good.

  • Adele Wharton
    2019-04-20 02:56

    A lovely touching story, and the perfect sequel to War Horse as we find out what became of Joey after the war.

  • Nuala Hadley
    2019-05-09 02:33

    After reading War Horse I looked forward to this book but although I enjoyed it, it didn't match up to its prequel.

  • Phillip
    2019-05-18 01:45

    3.75 Stars

  • Alejandro Kauderer Navas
    2019-05-02 02:00

    Se lee prácticamente en nada. Le doy 3,5 estrellas porque creía que se iba a centrar más en Joey, el caballo, y solo cuenta una historia seré un tractor. Me esperaba más.

  • Garry Schofield
    2019-04-27 06:44

    Not a patch on war horse but worth a read

  • Erik Schalk
    2019-04-28 04:32

    This book is very bad never read because it will be a waste for at least 2 hours of your life

  • Indah Threez Lestari
    2019-05-21 05:49

    60 - 2017