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The Dancing Bear by Michael Morpurgo {review and giveaway}

Did you know that World Animal Day was celebrated on October 4th? We love animals so are excited to be participating in a really fun book tour. Michael Morpurgo is one of the UK’s most celebrated authors, having written over 140 books in a career spanning over 40 years. He has won numerous prizes, including The Children’s Book Award for a record fourth time last year for his novel An Eagle in the Snow.

Many of his novels have been adapted into stage shows and several of his titles have been made into films, most famously the Steven Spielberg-directed War Horse. Some of Michael’s most popular books feature stories of animals and I’m working with Harper Collins Children’s Books to tell you a little more about The Dancing Bear. If you follow Harper Collins on Twitter or Facebook or look out for the #MorpurgosAnimals you will be able to see all the other bloggers who are taking part, highlighting some of his most loved animal novels including The Butterfly Lion, The Fox and The Ghost King, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Born To Run, An Elephant in the Garden, Toro! Toro!, Shadow, Kaspar Prince of Cats and Running Wild.

The Dancing Bear by Michael Morpurgo

High in the Mountains an abandoned bear cub is adopted by a lonely orphan child. Soon they are inseparable – happy and safe, until the arrival of a glamorous film crew who need a dancing bear …

The Dancing Bear is not a very long book and my 7 year old loved it. At 61 pages we actually read it in one go. There are a generous amount of illustrations and the story is so magical that we really wanted to know what was going to happen to Roxanne and Bruno. We couldn’t put the book down and enjoyed reading it together.

We haven’t read much by Michael Morpurgo before and I think this was a great introduction to him. My son loves animals and wanted to know what was going to happen to Bruno. He didn’t like the fact that he was put in a cage but I had to explain that not all bears are as friendly as Paddington or Winnie the Pooh!

This was an interesting story and we didn’t want to believe that Roxanne would ever leave Bruno. I suppose we are used to cats and dogs, smaller animals which you can take with you if you move house or go on holiday. A bear is a different creature and we were both a bit upset how the story ended! I don’t want to give what happens to Roxanne and Bruno but we would totally recommend this book if you love animals and a great story. If you want to read this book then I have a couple of activity sheets which will help you explore the story.

Michael Morpurgo’s favourite animal

Many of Michael’s books look at the amazing relationships between humans and animals, and the role they can play in shaping people’s life stories. Many are inspired by real-life events. Did you know that Michael’s favourite animal is the elephant?

We were given the opportunity to ask him a question. My son asked this: We all love to visit the zoo. Michael obviously loves all kinds of animals too, but has he seen any of the animals he writes about in their natural habitat, rather than just at the zoo?

Michael replied: It is really important that we do everything we can to save the habitation of animals in the wild. There are many animals that I have only read about or seen on film, but I was lucky enough to go to Sri Lanka a few years ago now where I saw elephants in their natural habitat. An elephant is the central character of my book Running Wild.

Win a signed copy of The Dancing Bear by Michael Morpurgo

I’ve teamed up with Harper Collins Children’s Books and have one copy of The Dancing Bear written by Michael Morpurgo, with illustrations by Christian Birmingham, to giveaway to a lucky reader.

To enter my giveaway you must answer the question via the Rafflecopter widget below, there are some bonus entries too. The giveaway is open to those with a UK postal address only and ends on 29th October. The winners’ name will appear on this post. Good luck!

Don’t forget to check out my other giveaways on my competition page and look out for #MorpurgosAnimals on Twitter or Facebook for more great reviews and giveaways.

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59 Comments

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    Tracy Nixon
    October 11, 2017 at 7:53 am

    A dog!

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    Mark
    October 11, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Would like to win book

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    Mark
    October 11, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Favourite animal is tiger

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    Abbi
    October 11, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Oh, this post took me right back to my childhood! I used to love Michael Morpurgo books and I have very fond memories of reading Warhorse, Kensuke’s Kingdom and Cool, especially in primary school! This book sounds lovely, definitely one I would have loved when I was younger!

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    kate
    October 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Ooh my son really loves animals so I’ll have to show him these books! His favourite animal is a tortoise.

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    MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    October 11, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    This sounds interesting and I think we all agree with the author that we need to help save animals natural environments. My middle daughter loves pandas but I know that they need help now as their natural environment is getting much smaller.

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    Rhian Westbury
    October 11, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    That’s a good-sized book to get through in one go, sounds interesting x

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    Angie McDonald
    October 11, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I love penguins!

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    laura banks
    October 11, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    dolphins

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    Marylyn Hammersley
    October 11, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Had to have a favourite as I am a great animal lover, but the magnificent Tiger probably just edges it.

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    Hayley F
    October 11, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Love cats x

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    Susan Lloyd
    October 11, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Dolphins

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    iain maciver
    October 11, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    cats and dogs

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    Kirsty
    October 11, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Grey Seals!

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    Ashleigh Dougherty
    October 11, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I LOVE Michael Morpurgo stories. As a kid, I used to read so many of his books. I took part in a handwriting competition at primary school and ended up winning a signed book by him 🙂

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    Renna
    October 11, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Sounds really good. Ill have to ask my kids of they would like a copy.

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    Margaret GALLAGHER
    October 11, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Bears so many different kinds

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    Solange
    October 12, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Wolves

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    Angela Treadway
    October 12, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Snow leopard x

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    john prendergast
    October 12, 2017 at 1:30 am

    horses

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    melanie stirling
    October 12, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Guinea pigs

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    Liz Burton
    October 12, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Dos are my favourite, although if you ask my daughter she’d probably say sloths!

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    Ray Becker
    October 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Lion

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    Amy Deverson
    October 12, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I used to love reading Michael Morpurgo when I was younger. Great giveaway!

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    Kara
    October 12, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    The elephant is my favourite animal

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    fiona waterworth
    October 12, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I love giraffe’s so big yet so elegant

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    THENA
    October 13, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Favorite animal is the cheetah. Great post!

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    Vanessa
    October 13, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I love giraffes

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    Linda Ford
    October 14, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I love monkeys, they are so clever and fun!

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    jo liddement
    October 14, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I love guinea pigs

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    Olivia
    October 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    I remember I used read Michael Moporgo books when I was younger, they were always so exciting! X

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    claire woods
    October 15, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Seals.

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    Angela Kelly
    October 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    I love cats but I won’t get another one as I become too attached.

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    Laura Pritchard
    October 15, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I love Meerkats!

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    Mark R
    October 15, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Gorillas or elephants

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    Susie Wilkinson
    October 15, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Giraffes!

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    Angela Boucher
    October 16, 2017 at 10:19 am

    My favourite animal is a dog. We have a Labrador and he is the most loving and affectionate animal ever.

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    Natalie Turner
    October 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I love cats, they are wonderful 🙂

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    Susan B
    October 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    In the home it is cats but in the wild I like cute prairie dogs.

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    Ruth Harwood
    October 17, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Love cats – I’d fill my home with them if the kids didn’t keep saying no!!

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    michelle o'neill
    October 17, 2017 at 11:36 am

    meerkats are adorable

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    Julie T
    October 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Sheep dominate our lives

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    Clive Gerrard
    October 17, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I love reading out loud to children

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    Alice Dixon
    October 17, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I love elephants

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    George Spedding
    October 17, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    We have a goldfish called Darwin and my grandaughter loves him

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    Graham Ross
    October 18, 2017 at 5:05 am

    I love Tigers

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    Sheila Hodgson
    October 18, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I love all dogs.

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    Maggie Norvell
    October 18, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I love my dog best in the world, but in the wild I’d go for bears.

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    Sharon Lou Johnson
    October 18, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    its monkeys in my house and i have 3 very cheeky monkeys lol x

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    Sadiyya Maryam
    October 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Elephants have always been my favourite animal.

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    clair downham
    October 19, 2017 at 11:42 am

    snow leopard thankyou

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    Victoria Prince
    October 19, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    My favourite animal is a frog! You’d never have guessed, would you 🙂

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    Emily C
    October 19, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Narwhals – the unicorns of the sea!

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    Rachel Craig
    October 20, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Dog, they are so loyal.

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    Sophie D
    October 20, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Dogs for sure

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    Harriet
    October 20, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Giraffe

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    Rachel Craig
    October 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Dog, as they are so loyal.

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    SHIRLEY EVANS
    October 21, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    I love zebras

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    Karen hutchinson
    October 22, 2017 at 12:33 am

    I love giraffes

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