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Michael Andrew Bridge Morpurgo is an English author, poet, playwright, and librettist. He is best known for his children's books. He was Children's Laureate from 2003 to 2005, and was award the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2006.[1] He mainly writes historical fiction, adventure and real-life based novels.

Reader's Reviews


Please add your review here. The Butterfly Lion is a heart-felt story and begins with a young school boy who is being bullied at boarding school. He decides to runs away and is found by an old lady who makes him welcome and she retells a fascinating story. The book transports the reader on a journey from England, to the plains of South Africa and on into the French trenches of World War 1 and back to England. The story is about a lonely child called Bertie who lives in Africa and is confined to his farm, to keep him safe from wild animals such as lions, leopards and elephants. However, under tragic circumstances he befriends an orphaned white lion cub and over the years they build up a strong and lovely friendship. The two are inseparable until Bertie is sent to school in England and the white lion is sold to a circus owner from France. Before they leave to go on their separate journeys Bertie makes a promise to the lion that he will always remember him and one day will find him. The story continues following Bertie growing up and his secret friendship with a young girl. Until War comes and Bertie goes off to France……… What happens to Bertie in the war? Will he be a hero? Does he find his white lion? What is the butterfly lion? The book is really well written and takes unexpected turns and with a twist at the end which is bittersweet. I would recommend this book to children aged 9 and above, especially who like stories about animals and are sentimental.

Parental Guidance

  • Reading age: 10+ (in general)
  • Read aloud age: 9+ (in general)

Some novels are sad and very moving.

List of books

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Michael Morpurgo's official website – About Michael Morpurgo

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