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Dick King-smith - Author

Dick King-Smith was born in 1922 and brought up in Gloucestershire.

Dick served with the Grenadier Guards during World War II and was mentioned in dispatches. He then spent twenty years working as a farmer and a short period teaching in a primary school before becoming a full-time writer.

Dick wrote over seventy stories, many of which have animal characters for the simple reason that, "I like them, I've always kept a lot of pets, and because it's fun putting words in their mouths." His farming years were the inspiration for many of his books, and pigs have featured in several of them because they are his favourite animal. Dick won the 1984 Guardian Fiction Award for The Sheep-Pig, which was later turned into an Oscar-winning film, 'Babe'. He died in 2011.

If you like Dick King-smith you might also like to read books by Rudyard Kipling, Richard Adams and Anne Fine.

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The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm
Dick King-smith - illustrated by Victor Ambrus
Interest Age 7-10 The rats of Meadowsweet Farm are a pretty ugly lot, but their leader, the King Rat, is gruesome. He's as big as a small dog and twice as vicious. The farmer is revolting in a different way...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2015
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Aristotle
Dick King-smith - illustrated by Bob Graham
The best-selling author of The Sheep Pig tells a charming and witty story about a bold young kitten who is always getting into mischief! Aristotle lives with Bella Donna, a very kind, very witchy woman who protects Aristotle as best...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Lady Lollipop
Dick King-smith - illustrated by Jill Barton
Award-winning author Dick King-Smith is best known for 'Babe', the story of the Sheep-Pig. A lover of all animals and a master teller of stories about them, Dick King-Smith was particularly keen on pigs. Lollipop is a pig with a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2012
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Clever Lollipop
Dick King-smith - illustrated by Jill Barton
Lady Lolliop is back in a second adventure. Having solved the problems of the pouting Princess Penelope, the court's famous pig sees off the Princess's grumpy governess and finds herself teaming up with an amazing conjuror. A clever pig and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2012
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Animal Tales
Dick King-smith
A beautiful collection of five of Dick King Smith's most charming and hilarious animal stories together with some delightfully funny line art illustrations.
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2011
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The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain's all-time favourite authors. There is no one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything –...
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Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2010
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Mouse Family Robinson
Dick King-smith
A mouse family on the move… The mouse family Robinson set off on a midnight flit to save their skins after young Beaumont Robinson is within a whisker of getting caught by the cat. A wonderful new stories from the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 31/01/2008
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All Because of Jackson
Dick King-smith
Attractively packaged for emerging readers, All Because of Jackson is the story of a most unusual rabbit. While his friends burrow and play, Jackson sits of the cliff side watching the tall ships coming and going. All he wants to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2006
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The Hodgeheg
Dick King-smith
This is an absolutely charming modern classic from one of Britain's all-time favourite authors. There is no-one more impressive when it comes to animal stories than Dick King-Smith and this one is our favourite. The Hodegheg has everything – humour,...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 25/11/2004
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The Sheep-Pig
Dick King-smith
The magic of a special animal is perfectly captured in the heroic antics of Babe, a piglet with a difference. The runt of a litter, Babe arrives on the farm where is he trained by the sheep dog along with...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 06/02/2003
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