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“[I] am a very happy man doing what is in effect my hobby for a living, i.e. writing stories for children.”—Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith grew up in Gloucestershire, England. He lives with his wife in a small 17th-century cottage, three and a quarter miles from the house in which he was born.


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I was born in 1922 and was brought up in the countryside, surrounded by pet animals of one sort or another. I was first attracted to the girl I was later to marry through my admiration of her skill (in contrast to my own haphazard husbandry) as a... Read More


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Ace: The Very Important Pig
Written by Dick King-Smith
Illustrated by Lynette Hemmant
Trade Paperback

Meet Ace, Babe's great-grandson, who also gets a new cover from Knopf Paperbacks this season. "
A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book
An IRA/CBC Children's Choice
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.   Read More
 





Babe: The Gallant Pig
Written by Dick King-Smith
Illustrated by Mary Rayner
Trade Paperback

Fresh from his foray into Hollywood stardom, Babe gets a new cover for the Knopf Paperbacks line.

An ALA Notable Book

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book

An IRA/CBC Children's Choice

An NCTE Teachers' Choice   Read More
 





The Catlady
Written by Dick King-Smith
Trade Paperback

Muriel is known as the Catlady, because she lives alone with just her many cats for company. When a new kitten is born, it soon becomes clear that it’s no ordinary cat. Vicky is a kitten with a very regal character, and strangely enough, she was born on the very day... Read More
 





The Catlady
Written by Dick King-Smith
eBook

Muriel is known as the Catlady, because she lives alone with just her many cats for company. When a new kitten is born, it soon becomes clear that it’s no ordinary cat. Vicky is a kitten with a very regal character, and strangely enough, she was born on the very day... Read More
 





Chewing the Cud
Written by Dick King-Smith
eBook

A candid and very funny memoir from beloved children’s book author Dick King-Smith.
Before he was a children’s book author, Dick King-Smith was a soldier, a farmer, a salesman, a factory worker, and a teacher. But he was always a devoted family man who loved the countryside he lived in and the... Read More
 





Funny Frank
Written by Dick King-Smith
Illustrated by John Eastwood
Trade Paperback

Being a duck isn’t all it’s quacked up to be.

But don’t try telling that to Frank—he’s a chicken with a dream. All he thinks about are webbed feet, waterproof feathers, and the cool water of the pond. So when Frank takes a dip and nearly drowns, his mood turns foul... Read More
 





Funny Frank
Written by Dick King-Smith
Illustrated by John Eastwood
eBook

Being a duck isn’t all it’s quacked up to be.

But don’t try telling that to Frank—he’s a chicken with a dream. All he thinks about are webbed feet, waterproof feathers, and the cool water of the pond. So when Frank takes a dip and nearly drowns, his mood turns foul... Read More
 





The Golden Goose
Written by Dick King-Smith
Trade Paperback

Farmer Skint and his family have fallen on hard times at Woebegone Farm until their goose lays a golden egg. With the birth of Joy the Golden Goose, the fortune of the Skint family begins to change. But what will happen when people find out about their golden-feathered friend? How long... Read More
 





The Golden Goose
Written by Dick King-Smith
eBook

Farmer Skint and his family have fallen on hard times at Woebegone Farm until their goose lays a golden egg. With the birth of Joy the Golden Goose, the fortune of the Skint family begins to change. But what will happen when people find out about their golden-feathered friend? How long... Read More
 





Harriet's Hare
Written by Dick King-Smith
Trade Paperback

In this "warm fuzzy tale full of poignance, humor, and magic" (School Library Journal), eight-year-old Harriet Butler isastonished to meet a space alien who's vacationing in her dad's wheat field!  "Children will be delighted by the charm, compassion, and wit of Harriet and Wiz...and find themselves completely drawn into their wonderful fantasy... Read More
 





Harry's Mad
Written by Dick King-Smith
Trade Paperback

"Harry's parents and friends think he's crazy because he acts out the rich fantasies of his 10-year-old imagination. And when his eccentric American uncle dies and leaves Harry a parrot named Madison (Mad), they're convinced of it. A believable, satisfying animal fantasy, with memorable characterizations and playful humor...a sprightly read-aloud."--Publishers Weekly... Read More
 





The Invisible Dog
Written by Dick King-Smith
Trade Paperback

Illustrated in black-and-white. When her parents can't afford a new pet, seven-year-old Janie invents one. Her new pretend dog is Henry, an invisible Great Dane who eats invisible food bought with invisible money. Then some mysterious events--and perhaps a touch of magic--bring the invisible Henry to life. Read More
 





Martin's Mice
Written by Dick King-Smith
Illustrated by Jez Alborough
Trade Paperback

"Martin, a kitten, is branded a `wimp' by his siblings for his friendly interest in mice.  He loves caring for them and can't understand their desire for freedom.  Only when he becomes the pet of a big city apartment dweller does he realize why his pets deserted him.  An engaging animal fantasy with plenty... Read More
 





A Mouse Called Wolf
Written by Dick King-Smith
Trade Paperback

Wolfgang Amadeus Mouse ("Wolf," for short) has a big name for such a little mouse. But the name fits. His favorite pastime is listening to Mrs. Honeybee, the lady of the house, play the piano. If only he could sing along to the music! One day, Wolf decides to try --... Read More
 





Smasher
Written by Dick King-Smith and Fox Busters Ltd
Trade Paperback

Dick King-Smith brings his signature wit and charm to the Stepping Stone line with a lovable new puppy who's sure to capture readers' hearts. Smasher is always getting into trouble, whether it's chasing chickens, chewing up Mrs. Buzzard's slippers, or breaking all her china. Now she wants to get rid of... Read More
 





The Stray
Written by Dick King-Smith
Trade Paperback

Now in Knopf Paperback, from the author of Babe: The Gallant Pig, comes the touching story of a "stray" old woman's amusing antics and the large, loving family that adopts her. Read More
 





Three Terrible Trins
Written by Dick King-Smith
Trade Paperback

Within the walls and under the floorboards of Orchard Farmhouse live three mischievous mouse brothers (a.k.a. the trins) who create constant commotion. "With his customary panache, King-Smith grabs the reader's attention from his opening sentence. And, sustaining his understated wit and rollicking pace throughout this breezy novel, the author never loosens... Read More
 





Titus Rules!
Written by Dick King-Smith
Illustrated by John Eastwood
Trade Paperback

WHO'S MORE IMPORTANT than the Queen? Whom does she serve? Her royal corgis, of course! But life isn’t just royal thrones and unlimited biscuits for young Titus, Her Majesty’s favorite pup. There are burglars to catch, fires to put out, leaking tubs to attend to, and jealous cousins to deal with... Read More
 





Titus Rules!
Written by Dick King-Smith
Illustrated by John Eastwood
eBook

WHO'S MORE IMPORTANT than the Queen? Whom does she serve? Her royal corgis, of course! But life isn’t just royal thrones and unlimited biscuits for young Titus, Her Majesty’s favorite pup. There are burglars to catch, fires to put out, leaking tubs to attend to, and jealous cousins to deal with... Read More
 





The Water Horse
Written by Dick King-Smith
Illustrated by David Parkins
Trade Paperback

Now in paperback! From the award-winning author of Babe: The Gallant Pig comes the story of how the Loch Ness monster finds his home, thanks to the human family that raises him. Read More
 





The Water Horse
Written by Dick King-Smith
Illustrated by David Parkins
Trade Paperback

Now in paperback! From the award-winning author of Babe: The Gallant Pig comes the story of how the Loch Ness monster finds his home, thanks to the human family that raises him. Read More
 

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