The Crowstarver

The Crowstarver

Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith

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.
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Harriet's Hare

Harriet's Hare

Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith

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...
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The Sheep-Pig

The Sheep-Pig

Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith

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.
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Ninnyhammer

Ninnyhammer

Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith

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...?
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Ace

Ace

Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith

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.
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Clever Duck

Clever Duck

Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith

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, LondonClever Duck is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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The Mouse Family Robinson

The Mouse Family Robinson

Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith

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 andhumans, 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.
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Hairy Hezekiah

Hairy Hezekiah

Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith

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)
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