Michael Morpurgo is one of my favourite authors. He has written hundreds of stories now and they always leave a lasting impression on you. He is an incredibly gifted storyteller who knows just how to grab the reader. There are two new Michael Morpurgo books out just in time for Christmas and they will make lovely gifts for any reader, both young and old.
The Fox and the Ghost King (published by HarperCollins) is a wonderful little story with something for everyone. There are foxes, football and a ghost. The story follows a family of foxes who love to watch football. Their favourite team, the Leincester City Foxes, keeps losing and losing and it seems like things will never look up. One night though as they are heading home they hear a ghostly voice and they discover the ghost of a king who has been buried underneath a car park. The ghost king promises the foxes that if they help him, he will help their favourite football team to win again. This is a book that is perfect to share with the whole family as it is short and will grab everyone’s attention. I loved this little story and will come back to it again.
Such Stuff: a story-maker’s inspiration (published by Walker Books) is the perfect gift for any Michael Morpurgo fan. This gorgeous hardback book is packed full of information about Michael’s most memorable stories. Michael introduces his stories, telling you where he got the inspiration for each of them. This is then followed by an extract from the story and some of the facts from the story too. Reading this book makes you feel like you are sitting down in front of the fire with Michael as he tells you his stories personally. With every part that I read I felt that I fell more in love with Michael’s writing and his stories became more ingrained in my mind. Finding out where the inspiration for the stories came from made me desperate to go back and read them all over again. By the end of the book I felt completely wrapped up in his stories. It’s a book that I will dip into again and again.
This book is a family effort. Not only are there parts written by Michael Morpurgo about his work, but Michael’s wife Clare, his brother Mark (who came up with the idea for the book) and Michael’s long-time collaborator, Michael Foreman, all helped to create this treasure trove of a book. Such Stuff is a must-buy for any Michael Morpurgo fan.