Michael Morpurgo is an English book author, poet, playwrith and librettist. He is best known for authoring the classic children’s novel, War Horse. As an author, he is known for his unique style of “magical storytelling” with strong themes of triumph and characters who have a strong relationship with nature.

Morpurgo’s biological parents were both actors, but his mother married Jack Morpurgo while his real father was away at war. Morpurgo was a professor of American Literature at the University of Leeds and raised Michael. He graduating from King’s College London and would work as a teacher briefly before getting into writing. He was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours for services to literature and charity.

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Publication Order of Muck & Magic Books

Muck & Magic (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
More Muck and Magic (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Mudpuddle Farm Books

Martians at Mudpuddle Farm (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mossop's Last Chance (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Albertine, Goose Queen (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Jigger's Day Off (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pigs Might Fly! (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cock-A-Doodle-Doo! (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Alien Invasion! (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hee-Haw Hooray! (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of War Horse Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Long Way Home (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Friend or Foe (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Nine Lives of Montezuma (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Miss Wirtles Revenge (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Twist of Gold (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Little Foxes (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Why the Whales Came (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tom's Sausage Lion (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
King of the Cloud Forests (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
My Friend Walter (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mr. Nobody's Eyes (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Waiting for Anya (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sandman and the Turtles (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The War of Jenkin's Ear (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Arthur, High King of Britain (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dancing Bear (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Wreck of the Zanzibar (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Butterfly Lion (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ghost of Grania O'Malley (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Robin of Sherwood (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Joan of Arc (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Red Eyes at Night (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sparrow (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Escape from Shangri-La (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Wartman (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Kensuke's Kingdom (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dear Olly (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Billy the Kid (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Who's a Big Bully Then? (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Black Queen (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Toro! Toro! (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Out of the Ashes (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Private Peaceful (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Last Wolf (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mr. Skip (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cool! (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sleeping Sword (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
I Believe in Unicorns (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Alone on a Wide Wide Sea (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Beowulf (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Mozart Question (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Born to Run / Best Mates (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Kaspar: Prince of Cats (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Kaspar the Titanic Cat (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
An Elephant in the Garden (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Running Wild (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shadow (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Little Manfred (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Medal for Leroy (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Outlaw (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Listen to the Moon (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
An Eagle in the Snow (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Fox and the Ghost King (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lucky Button (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Toto (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Flamingo Boy (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
In the Mouth of the Wolf (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Snowman (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Day the World Stopped Turning (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Boy Giant: Son of Gulliver (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Not Bad for a Bad Lad (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
When Fishes Flew (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Children's Books

(with Michael Foreman)

Thumbelina (By: Michael Foreman) (0)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mum's The Word (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cool as a Cucumber (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Visit to the Farm (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fox Friend (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
This Morning I Met a Whale (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The King in the Forest (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hansel and Gretel (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Kites Are Flying (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Homecoming (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Meeting Cezanne (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Snug (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Castle in the Field (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pinocchio (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Minikid (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Half a Man (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
My Father is a Polar Bear (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Clare and her Captain (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Peter and the Wolf (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Giant's Necklace (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Owl or Pussycat? (With: Polly Dunbar) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Carnival of the Animals (With: Michael Foreman) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Jemima The Pig & The 127 Acorns (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Song of Gladness: A Story of Hope for Us and Our Planet (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Barney the Horse and Other Tales from the Farm (With: Guy Parker-Rees) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
There Once is a Queen (With: Michael Foreman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Flying Scotsman and the Best Birthday Ever (With: Michael Foreman,National Railway Museum, York) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Picture Books

Thatcher Jones (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conker (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Jo-Jo the Melon Donkey (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Snakes and Ladders (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Blodin the Beast (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sam's Duck (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Wombat Goes Walkabout (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Rainbow Bear (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Silver Swan (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mairi's Mermaid (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Colly's Barn (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Gentle Giant (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Little Albatross (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dolphin Boy (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
It's a Dog's Life (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cockadoodle-doo Mr. Sultana! (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best Christmas Present in the World (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
On Angel Wings (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
King In The Forest (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best of Times (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Where My Wellies Take Me (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Beauty and the Beast (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Goose Is Getting Fat (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
All I Said Was (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mimi and the Mountain Dragon (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
We Are Not Frogs (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Didn't We Have a Lovely Time! (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Our Jacko (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Grandpa Christmas (With: Jim Field) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Poppy Field (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Coming Home (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Puffin Keeper (With: Benji Davies) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ogre Who Wasn't (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Plays

The Voices of Children (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

It Never Rained (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
All Around the Year (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The White Horse of Zennor and Other Stories (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Marble Crusher and Other Stories (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Beyond the Rainbow Warrior (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Kingfisher Book of Great Boy Stories (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
From Hereabout Hill (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Because a Fire Was in My Head (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The McElderry Book of Aesop's Fables (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
War (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Old Sticky (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Singing for Mrs Pettigrew (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Wild at Heart (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Animal Tales (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Snow Tales (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Christmas Stories (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Of Lions and Unicorns (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stories of War (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Island Tales (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Such Stuff: A Story-maker's Inspiration (With: Michael Foreman) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Greatest Animal Stories (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Greatest Magical Stories (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Magical Myths and Legends (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Sprinters Books

The Snow Maze (By: Jan Mark) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Impossible Parents Go Green (By: Brian Patten) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Finger Eater (By: Arthur Robins,Dick King-Smith) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
New Big House (By: Debi Gliori) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
My Little Brother (By: Debi Gliori) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Haunting of Pip Parker (By: Anne Fine) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Holly and the Skyboard (By: Ian Whybrow) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Baked Bean Kids (By: Ann Pilling) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Magic Boathouse (By: Sam Llewellyn) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Impossible Parents (By: Brian Patten) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Beware the Killer Coat (By: Susan Gates) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Art, You're Magic! (By: Sam McBratney) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hector the Rat (By: Tony Wilkinson) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fighting Dragons (By: Colin West) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Little Stupendo (By: Jon Blake) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ronnie and the Giant Millipede (By: Jenny Nimmo) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Easy Peasy (By: Sarah Hayes) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cup Final Kid (By: Martin Waddell) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Care of Henry (By: Anne Fine) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Emmelina and the Monster (By: June Crebbin) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Flora's Fantastic Revenge (By: Nick Warburton) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Patrick's Perfect Pet (By: Annalena McAfee) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tricky Nelly Nickleby (By: Berlie Doherty) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cool as a Cucumber (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
No Tights for George (By: June Crebbin) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fearless Fitzroy (By: Alex Merry Kathy Henderson) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Molly and the Beanstalk (By: Pippa Goodhart) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lady-long-legs (By: Jan Mark) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tarquin the Wonder Horse (By: June Crebbin) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Most Impossible Parents (By: Brian Patten) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Red Hot Reads Books

Ghost Stories (By: Robert Westall) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mystery (By: Helen Cresswell) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mystifying (By: Helen Cresswell) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mystery Stories (By: Helen Cresswell) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ballet Stories (By: Sally Holmes) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Detective Stories (By: Philip Pullman) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Animal Stories (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

Living Poets(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Horse & Pony Stories(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ghostly Haunts(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Simply the Best(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Centuries of Stories(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fantasy: Red Hot Reads(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Three for Tea(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Canon Fire(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Birthday Book(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Free?: Stories About Human Rights(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ox-Tales: Water(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Just When Stories(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Magic Beans(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Everywhere(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Only Remembered(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Great War(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Flights of Fancy(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

If You Like Michael Morpurgo Books, You’ll Love…

War Horse takes place during World War I when Joey, a farm horse, is sold to the army to go to World War I on the Western Front. Albert, the farmer’s son, is sad to see him go and Joey’s heart aches for him as he leaves. Joey is trained to charge the enemy, drag heavy artillery, and carry wounded soldiers off the battlefield. Some of the soldiers are not much older than Albert which makes Joey wish for home, and the danger of war makes him think that he might never make it back to him.

Another popular book by Morpurgo is Beowulf. The book tells the classic story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian warrior who fought three evils that were so powerful they nearly brought down entire kingdoms. This version of the story manages to cover all of the major parts of the classic story while still being child friendly. The story is rather enthralling with elements of heroes, monsters, and battles that will keep kids enthralled. The book features great illustrations by Michael Foreman.

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