When war comes to Omar’s Afghan village, 10-year-old Omar and his mother set off on a long and dangerous journey, heading for England and Uncle Said’s café.
But Omar’s mother can’t afford two boat tickets and Omar must travel on alone. When the worst happens at sea, Omar expects his life to end. Instead he is washed up somewhere marvellous and strange – the island of Lilliput, whose tiny inhabitants welcomed Gulliver so long ago.
Helped by his new friends, Omar becomes Son of Gulliver – a role that requires him to develop peacemaking abilities.
In Boy Giant, the harsh realities of modern-day war and migration collide with a much-loved classic to deliver an engagingly offbeat reading experience.
Omar narrates his own story with age-appropriate realism and a sense of energy that keeps readers hooked. Using the Lilliputian microcosm as a metaphor, Michael Morpurgo explores conflict and its resolution through imaginative charm, unsettling questions and hard-hitting truth.
Michael Foreman’s line illustrations bring the text to life throughout.
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