Children’s Book of the Week

The Goose Is Getting Fat by Michael Morpurgo. Photo: PA Photo/Egmont
The Goose Is Getting Fat by Michael Morpurgo. Photo: PA Photo/Egmont

The Goose Is Getting Fat by Michael Morpurgo.

Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, might describe himself as ‘oldish, married with three children, and a grandfather six times over’.

But he is also one of Britain’s most loved story-tellers – and his Christmas tale, The Goose Is Getting Fat, is yet another example of his writing skills.

In this beautifully illustrated book we meet Gertrude the goose, who is being fattened up in time for Christmas by a young boy called Charlie.

But as Christmas gets nearer, Charlie decides he has to do everything he can to prevent her from being the main course on Christmas day.

This is a touching and funny pocket-sized book.