The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (and a chance to win a signed copy)

We are just completely delighted to be part of the Michael Morpurgo animal book tour.

 

 

My children have been reading Michael Morpurgo’s books ever since they could read by themselves. Schools highly rate these books and they are always on the class reading lists. Both my children have loved Michael’s books and they were very excited when I said I was about to read one for the very first time.

‘Which one do you have’ they asked enthusiastically.  ‘Adolphus Tips’ I said and they both went a bit dreamy eyed. ‘Oh it”s lovely,’ they both said. ‘I bet you cry!’

Oh my goodness they were right.

Take a look at what I thought….

Oh how I loved this book.

It was an absolute  pleasure to read and it transported  me completely to a different time and place. It was such a moving book and yet a fabulous, interesting snapshot of a moment in our history too, it really bought it to life.

I was glad my children had both read this book and now better understood the world their Great Grandma had grown up in. Adolphus Tips depicts a world of close communities and farm life that is so far from my children’s suburban sheltered life. It shows you a world of missing men, generations living together, evacuees and American soldiers; a world filled with uncertainly and fear and close, important relationships.

I feel that along with the facts of war and our social history my children now also understand a bit more about how it felt to lose and love during wartime, to miss family, to cope with relocation and to survive huge loss and live with fear.

Such an important book that captures the impact of war on an ordinary life.

Above all this book is a tale of friendship and survival between a girl and her cat and a girl and a boy.

A tale beautifully told.

The ending of this book made my heart sing and oh the tears flowed again. I don’t want to give away the story but the ending is rather wonderful and unexpected.I will most definitely be reading more of Michael Morpurgo’s books.

My daughter told me she adored this book and had read it many times. She said she felt she had learned so much from reading it. And throughout the story she felt happy and sad and surprised too. Here’s what else she had to say …..

I felt just the same.

You should read it too and definitely introduce these books to your kids.

 

I got to ask Michael a question!

How lucky am I ..I got to ask Michael a question!

Question: Out of all the books you have ever written which one do you feel most proud of and why?

Answer: All of my books are very precious to me, they’re all babies if you like, so it’s very hard to pick one I am most proud of. But if I had to name one it would probably be War Horse. It’s my wife’s favourite and that matters a lot even though it was first published in 1982 and I’ve written many, many books since then.

(Isn’t that a lovely answer! War Horse if the one I am going to read next now!)

 

Win a signed copy of Adolphus Tips

If you would like to win a signed copy of this lovely book simply enter the rafflecopter below to be in with chance.

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84 Comments

  1. October 12, 2017 / 09:49

    This book sounds great Becky, Ruby will try this one next!

    Our favourite animals are dogs – obviously!

  2. sam macaree
    October 12, 2017 / 11:53

    cats are the best

  3. C Armstrong
    October 12, 2017 / 16:02

    Butterfly. Sleek and elegant

  4. Elzbieta Znyk
    October 12, 2017 / 17:10

    Dog

  5. Rebecca Mercer
    October 12, 2017 / 20:02

    Giraffes

  6. Vanessa
    October 13, 2017 / 17:58

    I love horses.

  7. Linda Ford
    October 14, 2017 / 09:29

    My favourite animal is a monkey, they are such fun and really clever!

  8. Jackie Dawson
    October 14, 2017 / 15:49

    Lemurs are just the best!

  9. Lisa Conn
    October 16, 2017 / 20:32

    I love cats, they are good judges of character so if a cat loves you you feel special

  10. MM
    October 18, 2017 / 11:10

    Ant eater. I think they are cool.

  11. Suzanne Jackson
    October 18, 2017 / 11:45

    a squirrel

  12. STUART HARGREAVES
    October 18, 2017 / 12:31

    I love otters, what wonderful animals

  13. Ren Taylor
    October 18, 2017 / 13:51

    Might be boring but my favourite animal is a dog!

  14. Fiona
    October 18, 2017 / 15:17

    Got to be a dog!

  15. Ray Becker
    October 18, 2017 / 16:20

    Elephants

  16. Paul Morris
    October 18, 2017 / 17:15

    We love black pugs in our family 🙂

  17. Solange
    October 18, 2017 / 18:42

    Wolves

  18. laura banks
    October 18, 2017 / 20:03

    dolphins

  19. Angela Boucher
    October 18, 2017 / 20:39

    Dogs are my favourite, I have a Labrador and he is the sweetest most loving animal.

  20. October 18, 2017 / 21:54

    This sounds like such a great book. Love the videos too. We are huge fans here and loving the tour xx

  21. Sarah Rees
    October 18, 2017 / 22:01

    I love cats, I have two, called Senna and Jenson

  22. melanie stirling
    October 19, 2017 / 01:30

    Guinea pigs.

  23. amy bondoc
    October 19, 2017 / 15:45

    i love elephants

  24. leanne weir
    October 19, 2017 / 16:23

    I love penguins

  25. Rich Tyler
    October 19, 2017 / 16:55

    Penguins for sure!

  26. Caroline H
    October 19, 2017 / 20:16

    Cats are my favourite. I’m going to end up a mad old cat lady, this I know!

  27. October 20, 2017 / 23:21

    Dolphins as such friendly playful creatures, was fortunate to swim with them on holiday amazing experience.

  28. astrid c
    October 21, 2017 / 08:45

    cats! i have 3! they are wonderful!!! x

  29. Simon Tinsley
    October 21, 2017 / 14:37

    My favourite animal is the bunny rabbit. I’ve had a few lovely ones as pets.

  30. Alice Dixon
    October 21, 2017 / 16:48

    I love elephants , I think they are beautiful

  31. MichelleD
    October 21, 2017 / 17:52

    A manatee

  32. Leanne Hansell
    October 21, 2017 / 18:46

    My favourite animal is a monkey.

  33. iain maciver
    October 21, 2017 / 18:48

    cats we have two

  34. sarah rees
    October 21, 2017 / 19:03

    chameleon

  35. laura stewart
    October 21, 2017 / 19:25

    love cats! ive got 4 of them x

  36. George Spedding
    October 21, 2017 / 19:41

    At the moment is our goldfish called Darwin

  37. Yvonne Sharpe
    October 21, 2017 / 20:08

    Cats are the greatest I have a tortioeshell girl called pixie love her to bits

  38. Thomas Buchanan
    October 21, 2017 / 20:28

    lions, king of the jungle!

  39. Keith Hunt
    October 21, 2017 / 21:58

    Lots of Basset Hounds like we have.

  40. Graham Ross
    October 22, 2017 / 04:48

    I like Tigers

  41. Sheena Batey
    October 22, 2017 / 14:42

    My favourite animal is a cat

  42. JULIE WARD
    October 22, 2017 / 17:00

    The Koala bear with their cute nose

  43. Lindsey Jones
    October 22, 2017 / 17:29

    Polar bear

  44. James Stenson
    October 22, 2017 / 17:33

    Dogs

  45. clair downham
    October 23, 2017 / 12:17

    snow lepoard

  46. Lucy Morgan
    October 23, 2017 / 13:49

    Dogs!

  47. sheri darby
    October 23, 2017 / 20:53

    Pandas

  48. Karen Dixon
    October 23, 2017 / 21:37

    love my cats

  49. AnnaH
    October 23, 2017 / 23:27

    I love elephants 🐘

  50. Jo Carroll
    October 24, 2017 / 10:27

    I’ve always loved very quirky animals like Sloths or Penguins…who have real character about them and seemingly little purpose – they just beg the question ‘why?’ 😉

  51. carol boffey
    October 24, 2017 / 10:54

    i love dogs

  52. Ruth lee
    October 24, 2017 / 11:01

    Cats

  53. Dale Dow
    October 24, 2017 / 14:15

    I have a thing about lambs, I love them

  54. dana
    October 24, 2017 / 15:08

    I like dolphins

  55. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    October 24, 2017 / 15:24

    hedgehogs and guinea pigs

  56. Allan Fullarton
    October 24, 2017 / 16:49

    Dog

  57. Jenny Barker
    October 24, 2017 / 19:19

    Fox for this household

  58. Linda Curtis
    October 24, 2017 / 20:18

    my dog poppy wouldnt be without her

  59. Simone Griffin
    October 24, 2017 / 20:49

    I love tigers x

  60. Sarah Austin
    October 24, 2017 / 21:11

    Sea turtle

  61. Sarah Heath
    October 24, 2017 / 21:17

    It has to be dogs

  62. Adrian Bold
    October 24, 2017 / 22:51

    I’ve always loved dogs. Friendly and loyal pets, and taking them for walks keeps you healthier.

  63. paula cheadle
    October 25, 2017 / 01:02

    we love parrots

  64. Liv Cooper
    October 25, 2017 / 01:23

    Tapir

  65. jacqui rushton
    October 25, 2017 / 03:38

    I adore Rabbits!

  66. Lynsey Buchanan
    October 25, 2017 / 03:53

    My favourite animals is dogs – loyal, loving and great company.

  67. kelly morgan
    October 25, 2017 / 06:30

    Dogs are the best

  68. Samantha Bolter
    October 25, 2017 / 08:21

    would love cats but allergic so make do with a giant snail named Rupert 🙂

  69. James Bruce
    October 25, 2017 / 08:25

    We are a cat loving family.

  70. Jo Hutchings
    October 25, 2017 / 09:52

    My favourite animals are cats.

  71. Joanna Ford
    October 25, 2017 / 11:27

    Zebra!

  72. Kyomi Johnson
    October 25, 2017 / 17:38

    Dogs are my favourite

  73. Sion Gibby
    October 25, 2017 / 18:39

    i just love the rhinoceros!

  74. katie w
    October 25, 2017 / 19:02

    I love tapirs

  75. Julie Terry
    October 25, 2017 / 20:19

    lizard

  76. Laura Lee
    October 25, 2017 / 21:15

    I love degu’s, I just find them fascinating 🙂

  77. DENISE WILDEN
    October 25, 2017 / 21:19

    I love Cats

  78. Patricia Avery
    October 25, 2017 / 22:22

    Dogs are my favourite animal 🙂

  79. Tammy Neal
    October 25, 2017 / 22:26

    Dogs are the best x

  80. Victoria B
    October 25, 2017 / 22:36

    Cats – always cats, the whole family of cats.

  81. Kate Davies
    October 25, 2017 / 23:07

    Whales

  82. Stephanie
    October 25, 2017 / 23:26

    Whales

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