The Crowstarver

      Dick King-Smith

The Crowstarver

Crowstarving was the ideal job for Spider - he was on his own - yet never alone, for all around him were animals of one sort or another.

Discovered as a foundling in a lambing pen, Spider Sparrow grows up surrounded by animals. From sheep and horses to wild otters and foxes, Spider loves them all, even the crows must scare away the newly sown wheat.

Amazingly, every animal who meets Spider implicitly trusts the young boy. This magical rapport is Spider's unique gift, but nothing else in his tough life is so easy.

Read online
  • 68

    Harriet's Hare

      Dick King-Smith

Harriet's Hare

Hares don't talk. Everyone knows that. But the hare Harriet meets one morning in a corn circle in her father's wheatfield is a very unusual hare: a visitor from the far-off planet Pars, come to spend his holidays on Earth in the form of a talking hare. Wiz, as Harriet names her magical new friend, can speak any language, transform himself into any shape - and, as the summer draws to its close, he has one last, lovely surprise in store for Harriet...

Read online
  • 67

    The Sheep-Pig

      Dick King-Smith

The Sheep-Pig

Farmer Hoggett thinks the piglet he wins at the fair is just one to be fattened up for the freezer until his old sheepdog, Fly, takes Babe under her wing and starts to train him to be a sheepdog too. Babe's methods are unconventional but successful and he wins the Grand Challenge Trials by being polite to his flock of sheep. There are no illustrations in this copy.
Read online
  • 66

    The Water Horse

      Dick King-Smith

The Water Horse

Now in paperback! From the award-winning author of Babe: The Gallant Pig comes the story of how the Loch Ness monster finds his home, thanks to the human family that raises him.
Read online
  • 62

    Ninnyhammer

      Dick King-Smith

Ninnyhammer

Peter is a young boy, living on a farm. One day, whilst out doing chores for his father, he comes across a strange white stick floating in the stream. He reaches out and catches it - and finds an exciting new friend in the process. Ninnyhammer is the local village simpleton, but Peter knows there's more to him than that - he's a magician and the white stick is his magic wand. Ninnyhammer is so grateful that he starts to help Peter and his family with their struggling farm - making the sow have more piglets, helping the corn to grow faster and the hens to lay twice as many eggs. But Peter wants to do something for Ninnyhammer in return. Can it really be right that his friend has to bed down in a hole with foxcubs? And can Peter persuade his dad to help...?

Read online
  • 40

    Ace

      Dick King-Smith

Ace

Meet Ace, Babe's great-grandson, who also gets a new cover from Knopf Paperbacks this season. "
A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book
An IRA/CBC Children's Choice
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.
Read online
  • 36

    Emily's Legs

      Dick King-Smith

Emily's Legs

A brand new edition of a classic Dick King-Smith story about a 10-legged spider who gets bullied because she's different. Illustrated by the very popular Russell Ayto.

Read online
  • 31

    Clever Duck

      Dick King-Smith

Clever Duck

FEATHERS FLY

when one smart duck decides to teach the farmyard know-it-alls a lesson. Damaris is a duck. Not the ordinary, silly, jumping-inpuddles kind of duck—she's a very clever duck. So when the farmyard pigs start picking on the other animals, Damaris and her sheepdog best friend hatch a plot to get back at them. Her plan works so well that she soon feels sorry for the sows, especially when they are captured by the sinister Mr. Crook. Now it's up to Damaris to rescue them. Filled with snooty sows, dotty ducks, and more than a little farmyard excitement, CLEVER DUCK is a charming adventure from the "master of animal stories."

  • The Guardian, London

    Clever Duck is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

  • Read online
    • 31

        The Mouse Family Robinson

          Dick King-Smith

    The Mouse Family Robinson

    GET READY TO EMBARK ON A TINY ADVENTURE!

    "You mean you're going to have a baby?" "Babies." The Robinsons are expecting...trouble, that is. With six newborn mousekins and more to come, the whole family is terrified of the savage cat who stalks the hallways. After a close call, little Beaumont, the pluckiest of the lot, decides it's time to find a new, feline-free home. On their quest, the Robinsons meet an unlikely cast of characters—mice and

    humans, friends and foes—but wherever they go, they are sure to find one thing: adventure. With simple prose, gentle humor, and playful illustrations, MOUSE FAMILY ROBINSON is sure to satisfy new readers.

    Read online
    • 30

        Hairy Hezekiah

          Dick King-Smith

    Hairy Hezekiah

    BAD-TEMPERED RUNAWAY CAMEL. Funny, fast, and satisfying—a hilarious yarn from the "master of animal stories."

  • Tired of his lonely life at the zoo, Hezekiah—an ornery, very hairy Bacrian camel—busts out and heads across country. His adventure leads him to an eccentric (and equally hairy) aristocrat, a new life at a wildlife park, and company in the form of a female camel. Laughs, action, short chapters, and a genuine appreciation of the animal world make this a satisfying choice for newly independent readers. Nick Bruel's antic black-and-white drawing add to the fun.

  • The Guardian (London)
  • Read online
    • 28

        The Gallant Pig

          Dick King-Smith

    The Gallant Pig

    Fresh from his foray into Hollywood stardom, Babe gets a new cover for the Knopf Paperbacks line.
    An ALA Notable Book

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

    A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book

    An IRA/CBC Children's Choice

    An NCTE Teachers' Choice
    Read online
    • 20