Is it true that the most moving books must be placed during wartime? How strange that the moments of greatest human kindness come during the cruelest of times!
I have never liked the idea of bullfights, not even when I was too young to know that the bull is killed and bleeds to death. I found the idea of a bullfight unnecessarily violent. I couldn’t (and still can’t) understand what the thrill is.
How much stronger the feeling of revulsion would be for a child who has watched the birth of a bull and become its friend!
Paco, a bull, pushes the young boy Antonito to do something that he would never dream of doing. And because of that one act, Antonito’s life – in fact, his whole world – turns upside down.
In true Michael Morpurgo style, Toro! Toro! is a book that keeps you reading until you’ve turned the last page with a tremulous sigh of happiness.