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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.


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Aristotle
Aristotle
Dick King-smith
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
Lady Lollipop
Dick King-smith
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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Animal Tales
Animal Tales
Dick King-smith
This title includes: All Because of Jackson - Jackson is a very unusual rabbit - one who dreams of going to sea. So one day he stows away on the Atalanta and sails off in search of a new life ... The...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2011
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The Hodgeheg
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
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
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
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,...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 25/11/2004
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The Sheep-Pig
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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Clever Lollipop
Clever Lollipop
Dick King-smith
This is a fresh young fiction look for Dick King-Smith's timeless classics, Lady Lollipop and Clever Lollipop. Lady Lollipop is no ordinary pig. She lives in the royal palace with Princess Penelope and the King and Queen - and she's...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2012
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