by Michael Morpurgo
War Horse Resources
Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books. Does he have time to do anything else? You'll have to go to his website and find out.
Movies and Stage
Steven Spielberg directed the silver screen adaptation of War Horse. It's like Saving Private Ryan except about two decades earlier, less violent, and with more horses. Okay, it's nothing like Saving Private Ryan, but it's still pretty emotional.
Before it was a movie (but after it was a book), War Horse was performed live on stage. Who knew that Mr. Ed, Trigger, and Silver retired from Hollywood to act on Broadway?
Articles and Interviews
In this interview, Morpurgo reveals that he wanted to write a book that didn't favor one side of the war. So he wrote War Horse, which showed that things totally sucked on both sides.
Some critics had harsh words about the War Horse play: "'War Horse' has its share of neat contrivances and less-than-subtle moralizing." Could the same be said for the book?
In this interview, Morpurgo reveals his favorite line in the book. Our money would have been on "it was the giant Heinie who showed the first signs of weakness" (12.5), but that's just because the phrase "giant Heinie" makes us chuckle like we're back in the second grade.
This interview is both an intriguing look at why Morpurgo wrote War Horse and a glimpse into the incredible puppetry of the play. Oh, and what Morpurgo thinks about Steven Spielberg. (Hint: he's the best.)
The War Horse trailer focuses on the gooey emotional center of the book: the relationship between Albert and Joey.
Missed the play? Watch this video and get the gist of it in two minutes or less.
If reading War Horse is too quiet for you, listen to some samples of the score from the Original London Cast recording. "Learning to Plough" has never been so soothing.
Gawk at the play's incredible horse puppets, which seem to be more machine than horse. Also, they have eight legs.
Before the movie, the book cover focused on what the book is really about: the horse.
In this still from the film, we see the bond between Albert and Joey... or at least between Jeremy Irvine and the horse playing Joey.
Here he is: the author of War Horse. Looks like a nice guy.