Billy's no kid - he's eighty today. He's enjoying watching the boys in the park knock a football around and this afternoon he'll be cheering on his team, Chelsea, as he has done all his life. In 1939 Billy was picked for Chelsea. Not quite nineteen, and his dreams had come true: 'Billy! Billy the Kid!' they shouted as he scored goal after goal. Surely life could get no better. But in 1939 too, the Second World War began and Billy's life was never to be the same again. Through the story of Billy the Kid, Michael Morpurgo reaches across the generations and with Michael Foreman's nostalgically vivid illustrations, creates a life with a past that will be moving and inspiring for young and old alike.
Michael Morpurgo has written over 90 books and has an unparalleled reputation in the world of children's books. His books have been adapted for the cinema, TV and theatre and he has won numerous awards including Children's Book Award, Whitbred Children's Book Award and the Smarties Prize. In May 2003 he was appointed the 3rd Children's Laureate. The position acknowledges the importance of exceptional children's authors in creating the readers of tomorrow. Michael lives in Devon. Michael Foreman's numerous books for children have earned him widespread recognition as one of the world's leading illustrators. He has worked on a vast range of children's books, and has collaborated with Terry Jones on all of his books for children. He also writes and illustrates his own books, including War Boy and War Game, winners of the Kate Greenaway Award and Smarties Book Prize respectively, and After the War was Over. More recently he has illustrated The Knight and the Squire and The Lady and the Squire, both by Terry Jones. He has also illustrated the classic stories Peter Pan and Wendy, The Wind in the Willows and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, all published by Chrysalis Children's Books. Michael lives in London and St. Ives, Cornwall.