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'In those empty chairs you see about the Round Table, there once sat a company of knights, the finest, bravest men the world has ever seen. And they were my friends too. I'll tell you about them...' Marooned on a sandbank, a boy faces certain death. With the sea closing in and the current about to drag him to a watery grave, his final wish is to see heaven. Waking in a strange bed, the boy meets an old man sitting by the fire with his dog. It is Arthur, the great warrior king of legend, and from his lips the boy hears of Camelot, chivalry, magic, evil and betrayal. This extraordinary re-telling o the stories of the legendary King Arthur and his knights features stunning full colour illustrations from award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.
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Michael Morpurgo OBE was born in 1943 in St Albans and was educated at Kings Canterbury, Sandhurst and Kings College London. He taught for ten years in both state and private schools and is married with three children and six grandchildren. His first book was published in 1975 and he has since published over 100 titles. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. Michael's books have also been adapted for film and the stage, including most recently the National Theatre's enormously successful production of War Horse. Together with his wife Clare he founded Farms for City Children, an educational charity, in 1976. The organisation now runs three farms welcoming over 3,000 children a year. In 1999 he was awarded an MBE for services to youth, and in 2006 he was awarded an OBE. His books have won the Whitbread Award (The Wreck Of Zanzibar), the Smarties Book Prize (The Butterfly Lion), the Children's Book Award (Kensuke's Kingdom) and Cercle D'Or Prix Sorciere (King Of The Cloud Forests), the Blue Peter Book Award and the Califonia Young Reader Medal (Private Peaceful), the Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award (Alone On A Wide Wide Sea) and several have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Michael was Children's Laureate from 2003-2005. Michael Foreman is an award-winning illustrator of over 180 books. He has contributed to books by Roald Dahl, Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens, as well as writing and illustrating his own books. Prizes include the Kate Greenaway Award (twice for 'Longneck and Thunderfoot' and 'War Boy: A Country Childhood'), the Smarties Book Prize ('War Game'), the Kurt Maschler Award ('Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales'), the Children's Book Award and the Bologna Book Prize. His titles for Egmont include 'The Best Christmas Present in the World' and 'Kensuke's Kingdom'.From AudioFile:
What a treat! Michael Morpurgo is as wonderful a reader as he is a teller of tales! A young boy becomes lost in the fog while racing the rising tide. He is rescued by King Arthur, who him tells the story of the finding of Excalibur, the rise of the Round Table, the quests, dragon-slayings and heroism, and finally the dark days that brought the curtain down on Camelot. Michael Morpurgo is a thrilling King Arthur. His voice twinkles in much the same way that he describes Arthur's eyes twinkling. He reads with warmth, humor, and excitement; gravity, sorrow, and regret. It's a wonderful performance, complete with heraldic music to mark the beginning and end of each side and the division of parts. The listener is carried back into the mists of time to sit at the feet of the once and future king. L.R.S. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Egmont, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Marooned on a sandbank, a boy faces certain death. With the sea closing in and the current about to drag him to a watery grave, his final wish is to see heaven. Waking in a strange bed, the boy meets an old man sitting by the fire with his dog. Seller Inventory # 024325
Book Description Egmont Books, 2013. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk1405266929
Book Description Egmont Books Ltd, 2005. Condition: New. Michael Foreman (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1405266929