Search Results: "Dick King-Smith"


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PIGS MIGHT FLY by Mary Rayner
Released: April 1, 1982

"But anyone charmed enough by the initial fancy to stick with it will indeed be delighted by the ultimate, unexpected fulfillment of the title's promise."
This British story of a special pig begins with sow Mrs. Barleylove giving birth to eight piglets-one of them a "dag" (runt?) who is also deformed, with odd doglike feet instead of normal trotters. Read full book review >

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SPIDER SPARROW by Dick King-Smith

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THE FOX BUSTERS by Dick King-Smith
Released: Nov. 1, 1988

"A swell read-aloud."
Another wonderful animal story from the author of Babe, the Gallant Pig and Harry's Mad. Read full book review >

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MAGNUS POWERMOUSE by Dick King-Smith
Released: April 1, 1984

"A disquieting hint, in a way—so vigorously and unexpectedly do the animal world and the human world mingle in this first."
To country mouse Madeleine and Oxford-bred Marcus Aurelius there is born a giant, ravenous baby, whom they wisely/learnedly name Magnus. 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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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 >