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  Dick King-Smith  
27 Mar 1922 to 4 Jan 2011
     

About the Author

“Dick wrote over 100 stories, many of which have animal characters because Dick liked them and because “it’s fun putting words in their mouths”. Ronald Gordon King-Smith OBE AKA Dick King-Smith was born in 1922 and raised in Gloucestershire, England. (Ronald Gordon King-Smith never liked his first name, he much prefered being called Dick.)
He served with the Grenadier Guards during World War Two, spent 20 years dairy farming (inspiration for many of his books), taught in a primary school for a while before becoming a full-time writer.

Dick was best known for his book “The Sheep Pig”, which was the basis of the much loved Oscar Winning Film called “Babe”. He won the 1984 Guardian Prize for “The Sheep Pig” and was also named Children’s Book Author of the Year in 1991. Pigs have featured in several of his books as they are his “favourite animal”.

Interestingly his first book “The Fox Busters” was published when he as 54 years of age, from that moment he has never stopped writing. His love of animals is reflected in his work, he was perfectly placed to create the magical animal stories which enchant children and adults alike. But he does write about humans too and he has a great sense of humour. In 2001, Dick’s autobiography, ”Chewing The Cud”, was published to great acclaim.”

Dick King-Smith was awarded an Honorary Master degree from the University of West Of England in 1992, and given the OBE in 2010.


 

Books by the Author

  • FICTION
  • Horse Pie (2006)
  • Here Comes Sophie (2004)
  • More Sophie Stories (2002)
  • Sophie’s Further Adventures (1997)
  • Sophie’s Lucky (1995)
  • Sophie in the Saddle (1993)
  • Others...
  • The Water Horse (2007)
  • Ninnyhammer (2007)
  • Twin Giants (2007)
  • The Mouse Family Robinson (2007)
  • The Cat Lady (2006)
  • Under the Mishmash Trees (2005)
  • Hairy Hezekiah (2005)
  • Dinosaur Trouble (2005)
  • Here Comes Sophie (2004)
  • Just Binnie (2004)
  • The Catlady (2004)
  • The Golden Goose (2003)
  • Aristotle (2003)
  • The Adventrous Snail (2003)
  • The Nine Lives of Aristotle(2003)
  • Clever Lollipop (2003)
  • Traffic (2003)
  • Story Box (2002)
  • Billy the Bird/ All because of Jackson (2002)
  • Titus Rules (2002)
  • Funny Frank (2001)
  • Fat Lawrence (2001)
  • The Great Sloth Race (2001)
  • Back to Front Benjy (2001)
  • Lady Lollipop (2000)
  • Billy The Bird (2000)
  • Mysterious Miss Slade (2000)
  • Julius Caesar’s Goat (2000)
  • The Magic Carpet Slippers (2000)
  • Just in Time (2000)
  • Spider Sparrow (2000)
  • The Roundhill (2000)
  • The Jolly Witch Trilogy (2000)
  • The Crowstarver (1999)
  • Poppet (1999)
  • Dinosaur School (1999)
  • Babe’s La-La-bye (1999)
  • Babe’s Bathtime (1999)
  • Charlie Muffin’s Miracle Mouse (1999)
  • The Witch of Blackberry Bottom (1999)
  • Pig In The City (1998)
  • The Robber Boy (1998)
  • Creepy Creatures (1998)
  • How Green Was my Mouse (1998)
  • Mr Ape (1998)
  • Mrs. Jolly’s Brolly (1998)
  • Round About 5 (1997)
  • Puppy Love (1997)
  • A Mouse Called Wolf (1997)
  • Merman (1997)
  • Thinderella (1997)
  • Robin Hood and his Miserable Men (1997)
  • The Spotty Pig (1997)
  • What Sadie Saw (1997)
  • Mixed-up Max (1997)
  • Mrs. Jollipop (1996)
  • Sophie’s Adventures (1996)
  • Treasure Trove (1996)
  • Winter Wonderland (1996)
  • King Max the Last (1996)
  • Godhanger (1996)
  • Smasher (1996)
  • Dirty Gertie Macintosh (1996)
  • Clever Duck (1996)
  • The Stray (1996)
  • All Because of Jackson (1995)
  • Warlock Watson (1995)
  • The Terrible Trins (1994)
  • The Excitement of Being Earnest (1994)
  • Triffic: A Rare Pig’s Tale (1994)
  • Mr Potter’s Pet (1994)
  • The Schoolmouse (1994)
  • Connie and Rollo (1994)
  • Sophie is Seven (1994)
  • Sophie Stories (1993)
  • The Invisible Dog (1993)
  • Harry’s Mad (1993)
  • Dragon Boy (1993)
  • Uncle Bumpo (1993)
  • The Swoose (1993)
  • The Merrythought (1993)
  • All Pigs Are Beautiful (1993)
  • The Finger Eater (1992)
  • Super Terrific Pigs (1992)
  • The Ghost at Codlin Castle and Other Stories (1992)
  • Dick King-Smith’s Water Watch (1992)
  • Pretty Polly (1992)
  • Lady Daisy (1992)
  • Sophie’s Tom (1991)
  • Sophie Hits Six (1991)
  • The Guard Dog (1991)
  • Horace and Maurice (1991)
  • Find the White Horse (1991)
  • Dick King-Smith’s Triffic Pig Book (1991)
  • Martin’s Mice (1991)
  • Lightning Strikes Twice (1991)
  • The Cuckoo Child (1991)
  • Silver Jackanory (1991)
  • The Jolly Witch (1990)
  • Ace: The Very Important Pig (1990)
  • The Whistling Piglet (1990)
  • Alphabeasts (1990)
  • Paddy’s Pot of Gold (1990)
  • Blessu (1990)
  • The Trouble with Edward (1989)
  • The Toby Man (1989)
  • Beware of the Bull (1989)
  • Alice and Flower and Foxianna (1989)
  • Dodos are Forever (1989)
  • Sophie’s Snail (1988)
  • Emily’s Legs (1998)
  • The Jenius (1988)
  • Tumbledown Farm - The Greatest (1988)
  • Water Watch (1988)
  • Mouse Butcher (1988)
  • George Speaks (1988)
  • Babe, The Gallant Pig (1988)
  • Cuckoobush Farm (1987)
  • Friends and Brothers (1987)
  • Farmer Bungle Forgets (1987)
  • Tumbleweed (1987)
  • The Hodgeheg (1987)
  • Noah’s Brother (1986)
  • Dumpling (1986)
  • Yob (1986)
  • E.S.P. : Eric Stanley Pigeon (1986)
  • Pets for Keeps (1986)
  • H. Prince (1986)
  • Saddlebottom (1985)
  • Lightning Fred (1985)
  • Pigs Might Fly (1984)
  • The Sheep-Pig (1983)
  • The Queen’s Nose (1983)
  • Magnus Powermouse (1982)
  • Daggie Dogfoot (1980)
  • The Fox Busters (1978)
  • Henry Pond the Poet (1976)
  • OMNIBUS
  • Girls Only, No Boys Allowed (2004)
  • Boys Only, No Girls Allowed (2004)
  • Farmyard Story Box (2002)
  • ESP/Horse Pie/The Guard Dog (1998)
  • Ace/Noah’s Brother (1994)
  • NON-FICTION
  • Chewing the Cud (2001)
  • Town Watch: Look Out for the Wild Life in Your Town (1987)
  • Country Watch: Animals to Look out for in the Countryside (1987)
  • SERIES
  • Sophie
  • Jolly Witch
  • Collections
 

Movies Originating from the Books

  • The Adventures Down the Bemies Bog (2009) Tv Series based on Bernard The Magical Toilet Brush
  • The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) based on The Water Horse
  • The Foxbusters (1999 - 2000) kind of based on The Fox Busters
  • Babe Pig in the City (1998)
  • Babe (1995) (Novel - The Sheep Pig)
  • The Queen’s Nose (1995) TV Series
  • Pob’s Programme (1985)
  • Rub-a-Dub-Tub (1983)
  • The Book Tower (1979)
 

*Note*

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