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Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children, and has sold more than 35 million books around the world. He has written more than 150 novels and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Whitbread Award and the Blue Peter Book Award, while several of his books have been adapted for stage and screen, including the global theatrical phenomenon War Horse. Michael was Children's Laureate from 2003 to 2005, and founded the charity Farms for City Children with his wife, Clare. He was knighted in 2018 for services to literature and charity.
"The Butterfly Lion is unique among animals and books, and will touch all hearts - both young and old." - Virginia McKenna, Born Free Foundation "The Butterfly Lion tells of loneliness and love in a way that is wholly appropriate for young readers." - Julia Eccleshare, chair of the adult judging panel, Smarties Prize 1996 "A magical, mysterious story with the power to draw readers back again and again." - Jenny Morris, adult judging panel, Smarties Prize 1996 "This beautiful story of love and war has everything - even a great twist." - Young Telegraph "This sensitive, highly visual story deserves to be recognised as a masterpiece." - Junior Education "The most beautifully crafted story I've read for a long time." - Wendy Cooling "Morpurgo writes with a fine mixture of clarity, depth and feeling." - Sunday Times