His talent is undoubted and has consistently been recognised with awards and acclaim over the last two decades, but rarely can Michael Morpurgo have experienced as fruitful a few days as those that passed this weekend.

Michael Morpurgo wins another award

Michael Morpurgo poses with the Red House Children's Book Award

Shadow – the story of a young Afghan boy named Aman and his heartening relationship with a brave dog, set against a harrowing backdrop of contemporary war – scooped two prizes at the Red House Children’s Book Award on 11 June, while the stage adaptation of Morpurgo’s novel War Horse secured five Tony awards the following day.

Nominated in the Younger Readers category against The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies and Sophie McKenzie’s Time Train to the Blitz, Shadow won that category and amassed enough votes from the children that took part to seal the overall award.

The Red House Children’s Book Awards took place at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, with Morpurgo becoming the first author to win the prize three times, following the previous success of his novels Kensuke’s Kingdom and Private Peaceful. He commented that it was ‘particularly lovely’ to come out on top of a competition that saw a total of 158,069 votes from children and young adults across the UK.

In New York the following day, War Horse – a play adapted from Morpurgo’s 1982 novel – scooped a total of five prizes at the Tony Awards, most notably Best Play and Best Direction of a Play. Morpurgo has initially stated that playwright Nick Stafford and his team ‘must be mad’ to try and make a play from his best-selling novel, so he’ll no doubt be thrilled (and a little bit surprised) to the adaptation earn such high acclaim.