Author(s): Michael Morpurgo
In this tale the storyteller revisits the landscape of his memories, his boyhood in the village of Bradwell fifty years ago. The village is a stone's throw from the sea, with a gull on every chimney stack, and is peopled by quirky characters such as the three Stebbing sisters, the white moustachioed Colonel Burton and Bennie the village thug.
"Heartfelt and unforgettable." (The Irish Times) "Bailey's line drawings have a lovely old-fashioned quality appropriate to the remembrances inspired by Morpurgo's boyhood." (School Library Journal) "From the first sentence of a Michael Morpurgo book, you know you are in the hands of a natural storyteller." (Guardian)"
Michael Morpurgo was 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, has written over one hundred books and is the winner of many awards, including the Whitbread Children's Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize, the Blue Peter Award and the Red House Children's Book Award. His books are translated and read around the world and his hugely popular novel War Horse, already a critically acclaimed stage play, is now a successful feature film. Michael and his wife, Clare, founded the charity Farms for City Children and live in Winkleigh, Devon. www.michaelmorpurgo.org Peter Bailey has been illustrating books for more than thirty-five years and has worked with such authors as Philip Pullman, Dick King-Smith and Allan Ahlberg. He lives in Liverpool, Lancashire. www.peterbaileyillustrations.blogspot.com