ACCLAIMED children’s author Michael Morpurgo gripped his audience at The Manor prep school near Abingdon yesterday.

The War Horse author visited the school to thank pupils for helping out at the musical reading of his book The Mozart Question at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre in March, part of the Oxford Literary Festival.

After giving an interactive reading of his story Cockadoodle-Doo, Mr Sultana, Mr Morpurgo urged pupils to look, listen, read and explore to be able to “reflect the world as you see it” in their own writing.

Eleanor Lightfoot, nine, said: “It was amazing that Michael Morpurgo was actually in our school.

“I can’t wait until his next book comes out.”

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