Toro! Toro!

Toro! Toro!

Michael Morpurgo Michael Foreman / Jun 19, 2019

Toro Toro Best selling author Michael Morpurgo turns his storytelling skills to the drama and tragedy of the Spanish Civil War illustrated by Michael ForemanRO TORO is the story of a young boy growing up in An

  • Title: Toro! Toro!
  • Author: Michael Morpurgo Michael Foreman
  • ISBN: 9780007107186
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • Best selling author Michael Morpurgo turns his storytelling skills to the drama and tragedy of the Spanish Civil War, illustrated by Michael ForemanRO,TORO is the story of a young boy growing up in Andalucia, Spain, on a farm rearing bulls for the bull ring Antonito hand rears a little black calf and they become firm friends, but the boy doesn t yet understand the fateBest selling author Michael Morpurgo turns his storytelling skills to the drama and tragedy of the Spanish Civil War, illustrated by Michael ForemanRO,TORO is the story of a young boy growing up in Andalucia, Spain, on a farm rearing bulls for the bull ring Antonito hand rears a little black calf and they become firm friends, but the boy doesn t yet understand the fate of the black bulls the corrida and death Later, when he learns of the horrors of the bull fight, he frees Paco, the black bull, and rides with him into the hills.There they witness the bombing of their village it s the year 1936, and the Spanish Civil War has started and Antonito cannot go back his family and the farm are destroyed, and Paco has run off, wild with fright He decides to stay in the hills, where he meets up with the Resistance fighters During the War, Antonito hears stories round the campfire of the wonderful black bull, who becomes a symbol of freedom for them all Could this really be Paco But no one has ever seen him After the war, when Antonito is working as a muleteer in the mountains, he falls asleep and dreams of Paco In the morning, he wakes to see hoof prints on the ground beside him A delightful story, full of nostalgia and drama in the author s own inimitable style Illustrated by Michael Foreman.

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      • Michael Morpurgo Michael Foreman

        Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the Second World War, then returned to London, moving later to Essex After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to write He left teaching after ten years in order to set up Farms for City Children with his wife They have three farms in Devon, Wales and Gloucestershire, open to inner city school children who come to stay and work with the animals In 1999 this work was publicly recognised when he and his wife were awarded an MBE for services to youth He is also a father and grandfather, so children have always played a large part in his life Every year he and his family spend time in the Scilly Isles, the setting for three of his books.


    1. The story begins with a grandfather telling his grandson about the worst thing he ever did as a young boy. The tale goes back to a village in Spain in 1936 during a dangerous time of the Spanish Civil War where the grandfather, Antonito, grew up on a farm which reared bulls for the bull ring, the corrida. Antonito had helped his father to deliver a calf, Paco, and formed a close bond with the animal when its mother had died. When Antonito discovers the truth about the corrida he leads Paco to sa [...]

    2. Toro! Toro! Begins with a grandfather telling his grandson, Antonio about the worst thing he has ever done as a young boy. The grandfather also called Antonio begins to tell a gripping and emotional story about the farm he grew up on in Andalucía, Spain. He lived there with his parent and older sister, where they reared black bulls for the ‘Corrida’ – the bull ring. One day Antonio helped his father deliver a calf, that he called Paco. The calves’ mother dies and Antonio takes on the re [...]

    3. I read this book when I was a kid. It was one of the few books I remembered, and I also recall enjoying it very much. Probably enjoyed it a little more than Billy The Kid. Some sad parts; I remember crying many a time as a child, reading this book. The child specialist said it was because of my parent's recent divorce made worse when my father kidnapped me from school and tried to drown me in the bathtub when my mother refused to accept his meagre divorce settlements. He was wrong he was wrong [...]

    4. I did really like it but the story was short so it did take me long. Everytime i read michael morpurgo books i look forward to the illustrations, they are just so beautiful. I recommend it to everyone especially if you like short books or don't have a lot of time this is the book for you.

    5. A children's story that tackles some difficult subjects, in this 2001 contribution from Michael Morpurgo's pen, the Spanish Civil War & bull-fighting! Spain is the colourful background as a grandfather, Antonito, answers a moral question from his grandsonAntonito! relating a character-forming episode from his boyhood in the mid-1930s. Paco is a bull, which serves as a symbolic freedom-loving beast in a time when Spaniards were less concerned with la corida & more with surviving a bloody [...]

    6. I love Toro!Toro! because I can see that main character, Antonito love Paco, which is his bull. When Paco went to there, they were very sad and Antonito noticed that bullfight is not exciting dance. So Antonito went thereoo and saved Paco. But when Antonito was saving Paco, his town got bombed by enemy. He lost his family except his sister. It is very exciting book ever I read. You shold read this book!

    7. Michael Morpurgo, Brilliant Author with brilliant books however Toro! Toro! Completly boring, not a story I would recommend I'm sure the story had more too it but I personally have a terrible impression of it in my head, pages of strange dialogue and personally uninteresting characters

    8. Stories about animals, stories about war, stories about important historical events… Three areas in which Michael Morpurgo is brilliant at. Toro! Toro! is another of his children’s novel, and one that is as moving and meaningful as many others.With the title and the front cover already, the reader knows what the main themes will be: bulls, as said in the title, and war, as demonstrated by the aeroplanes and the ruins showed on the picture. We also understand that the story takes place in Spa [...]

    9. This story starts when a grandfather, Abuelo, tells his grandson Antonio the story of the worst thing he ever did . . . They share the same name.But Antonio (the grandson) asked Abuelo to tell him the story of course!Abuelo as a child was called Antonio. He lived with his parents and his elder sister, Maria, in a bull farm owned by his parents. Antonio's father always said that their bulls were the best to go the 'corrida' - the bull ring.One day, a fine little bull calf was born at the farm but [...]

    10. The story begins when a grandfather, Abuelo, tells his grandson, Antonio, about the worst things he ever didBoth, the grandfather and the grandson share the same name. Abuelo as a child was called Antonio. He lived with his parents and his elder sister, Maria in a bull farm in Spain, owned by his parents. His father believed that bulls are made to go to the "Corrida"-the bull ring.One day, a fine little bull calf was born at the farm but the calf's mother died a few hours after giving birth. Ant [...]

    11. Get your hanky at the ready. I borrowed this from the children's section of Teignmouth Library wondering if it would be a good read for my 8 year old niece. I think I'd recommend for her when she's a bit older. This short story is very poignant, it's set in La Sauceda (in the province of Málaga) which witnessed an atrocity in the Spanish Civil War and deals with the relationship between Antonito and a bull he hand rears not realising the fate that waits the bulls raised on his father's farm. De [...]

    12. Another great story by Michael Morpurgo! I cannot believe how long I ignored this book because I thought I wouldn't be interested reading about bull fights (judging from the cover I thought that was all the book was about - how wrong I was!). I only bought it because at the time it was the only Michael Morpurgo book available in Kindle edition for the Africa region which I did not have yet. Once again the author convinced me with his amazing storytelling skills, transporting me into a different [...]

    13. This story was about a granddad telling his grandson about his youth in the Spanish civil war. I thought it was a really sad story.(Review by Rebecca's daughter, Maya, age 8)I also read this book because I was intrigued to see how Michael Morpurgo would present the Spanish civil war to young people in fiction (my novel is also set in the civil war). Despite the large font, I felt by the time I got to the end of it that this would be a book better suited to children older than my daughter. She co [...]

    14. This was a set text for a University module and I have to say, if it hadn't been for that I probably wouldn't have finished it. I found it to be much below the usual standard of Morpurgo, severely lacking in any kind of gripping factor to make people want to read on. This could just be me, but the plot was flimsy, needed much more 'background' on the Spanish Civil War and generally, something a lot more plausible than a boy who is essentially in love with the bull. Not something I would recommen [...]

    15. When I started reading this book I thought that it wouldn't be my type, but when I got on to chapter two I was very surprised that I said to myself that it was actually my favourite book.It starts off by the grandfather telling his grandson the worst thing that he had done and then lied about, and he went on to tell the story of how he grew up and met a small bull he called Paco and they had a lovely time together. The story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.

    16. If I had a penny for every time Michael Morpurgo has had me on the brink of a hysterical meltdown, I would be rich by now.As much as I love everything Morpurgo writes, I particularly loved "Toro! Toro!", as the way he depicted the Spanish Civil War with a poignantly beautiful individual's story was just brilliant.I won't ruin anything for you, but the end is just perfect. Really and truly perfect. You won't be disappointed.

    17. This book was quite short so I easily read it within two days. It was really good but clearly aimed at younger people like most of Michael Morpurgo’s books are. I liked how it was really unique and strangely relatable as the main character, Antonio, had to try and deal with the loss of something very important to him. I can’t see myself reading it again because like I said it is more of a children’s book but I would definitely recommend it to people younger than me.

    18. i read this book because it is another i have had on my shelves for the longest time and have never read. i read it in maybe an hour or so and i found it to be good but i am not sure if i enjoyed it. i love so many of michael morpurgo's books but this one i didnt click with. i am glad i read it and for a younger person it might be great, although i will say there are some more grown up scenes in the book which i think some children might find quite upsetting.

    19. i thought the book was really good but sad at timesi read the book because got the book for Christmasi think it comes under the category of a story about another time my faverout part of the book was when the main character dreamed of meeting his pet again which was a happy parti learnt a lot about how cruel the bull fights were back then faverout quote was "Paco was growing up to be big and strong 'because it showed how proud he was of the bull

    20. The book is a little too short to get really into feeling a connection with the characters, but the events happen quick and fast, so if you're looking for a short, brief read with alot of heart-wrenching action, you'll like it. Not only that, but if you have a soft spot for animals, you'll probably shed a little tear.

    21. I loved this book but it starts off in a playful childish manner that makes you think it is going to be a fun story. The title is misleading, but the content is important. It is a heavy story about the Spanish Civil War and survivor's guilt told to a grandson by the survivor. It is a heavy book. I would preface it as for 10 and older; but it is not overly descriptive.

    22. This my third Morpurgo and I find his stories lovely, I think if I was a youngster I would probably adore them.This tale is where a grandfather tells his grandson about his own naughtiest moment back when he was a boy.

    23. Really liked this book; I love the ones from Michael Morpurgo. The story is inventive and informative, and I really liked the idea of the Black Phantom, and the way it was narrated to Antonito's grandson, but it feels like he's talking to you, the reader. Awesome. :)

    24. I read this in less than an hour. A wonderful novel and the first Michael Morpurgo novel I have ever read. It would be a great novel for youbg readers. Think I may even read this to my grade 5/6 students.

    25. A grandfather relating a secret to his grandson takes us to 1936 Andalucia. It is the start of the civil war. The horrors are told in an accessible form that is informative rather than frightening. An excellent read

    26. Classic Morpurgo: Tale of child's relationship with an animal friend. Liked the back-drop of the Spanish Civil war.

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