Release Date: 1982/1997
Publisher: Egmont Press
Goodreads – War Horse
Goodreads – Farm Boy
A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero’s journey–now available in paperback!In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?
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.
What can I say about this book? I literally have no words other than it’s a classic must-read. I can’t believe it took me so long to pick it up as I really enjoyed it. Joey is a gorgeous bay whose relationship with Albert is beautiful and reminds me of the phrase ‘man’s best friend’. Even though the phrase is about dogs, I feel as if it is relevant to this book and Joey. I highly recommend this book!
As for the sequel Farm Boy, as much as I enjoyed War Horse, I don’t think this book was needed. I feel as though it is a money-spinner, trying to make the most out of the hype and glory of War Horse. Although, it’s nice, that’s about it…’nice.’ I was disappointed even though it is such a short read, it just wasn’t needed unfortunately!
War Horse – YESSS
Farm Boy – NO.