Search Results: "Dick King-Smith"


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"This fantasy has that appeal; and though the humor here is less pungent than in Martin's Mice (1989), King-Smith's fans are sure to enjoy Ace's adventures."
Like his ancestor, Babe, the Gallant Pig (1985), who distinguished himself as a champion herder of sheep, Ace is a persistent achiever. Read full book review >

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MARTIN'S MICE by Jez Alborough
Released: Feb. 9, 1998

"A lively read-aloud, studded with chuckles and surprises."
Another beguiling farmyard drama from the author, most recently, of The Fox-Busters (p. 1605/C-213). Read full book review >

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CUCKOOBUSH FARM by Dick King-Smith
Released: Aug. 15, 1988

"Satisfying."
Round the year at yet another farm, with the usual series of blossoms, harvests and babies; this time the journey is distinguished by King-Smith's careful structure and nicely cadenced prose, and by the airy, stylized illustrations that Japanese-born Kazuko has done for her first book. Read full book review >

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THE MOUSE BUTCHER by Dick King-Smith
Released: May 24, 1982

"With church cat Ecclesiastes' large family filling out the hunting party, and with the outlaw monster cat Great Mog for lurking danger and final confrontation, it's nimble and less forced than the pig story—more like an elegant English trifle, for those with a taste for writing as per-formance."
Another clever, archly playful animal story from the very British author of If Pigs Could Fly (p. 419, J-87). Read full book review >

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SOPHIE'S SNAIL by Dick King-Smith
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Perfect as a readaloud."
Six stories about a remarkably self-possessed four-year-old and her family. Read full book review >

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HARRY'S MAD by Dick King-Smith
Released: Jan. 21, 1987

"This would be great to read aloud."
Harry Holdsworth, nine, inherits a 40-year-old parrot from a great-uncle who was a professor of linguistics across the ocean in New York. Read full book review >

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CLEVER DUCK by Dick King-Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Bruel's black-and-white drawings highlight the animals' mischievous antics, though it is the hilarious and pretentious boar leader, 'Firingclose General Lord Nicholas of Winningshot,' who epitomizes the fun in this farm frenzy. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Damaris the duck lives up to her eponymous epithet in this barnyard adventure, which features, in addition to this resourceful fowl, her canine friend and the farm's supercilious swine. Read full book review >

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HAIRY HEZEKIAH by Dick King-Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Still, this low-key comedy will please newly independent readers. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Another amiable animal ramble from King-Smith—this one featuring a lonely Bactrian camel who breaks out of a Somerset zoo to look for a pal. Read full book review >

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THE MOUSE FAMILY ROBINSON by Dick King-Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"An appealing animal adventure for those ready to graduate from early readers. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
The Robinson family and their neighbor, Mr. Brown, all mice, live under the kitchen floor under the constant threat of the house cat. Read full book review >

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GEORGE SPEAKS by Dick King-Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Good choice. (Fiction. 9-11)"
This literary equivalent of the Look Who's Talking films, originally published in 1988, sees its first American edition. Read full book review >

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PADDY'S POT OF GOLD by Dick King-Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Warm, imaginative, and (again) grounded in the author's good sense and real knowledge of field and farm. (Fiction. 6-11)"
When Brigid espies a leprechaun, it's due to a lucky combination of circumstances: she's an only child celebrating her eighth birthday—and she also has a hole in her boot. Read full book review >

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MR. POTTER'S PET by Dick King-Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1996

"With Teague's humorous black-and-white illustrations, this is an endearing book from beginning to end, for classroom or family sharing. (Fiction. 7-10)"
In a short, simple chapter book, King-Smith (The School Mouse, 1995, etc.) tells the blissfully silly story of poor Mr. Potter who, after his parents are accidentally poisoned by a dinner of tinned crab on his 50th birthday, gets his first pet. Read full book review >