Reading Dick’s Books: Book Two

Published on Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Book Two: Harriet’s Hare (1994). We, Dick’s family, have decided to start rereading (or in some cases reading) some of Dick’s books… It’s quite some time since I read this book of Dad’s: always one of my husband’s favourites, but I had quite forgotten what a delightful little gem it is! Harriet, the only child […]

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That’ll do rock. That’ll do.

Published on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

“My painted rock inspired by your dad’s work ♡” Excellent craftsmanship there, @angusmacferret on Twitter.

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Reading Dick’s Books: Book One

Published on Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Book One: Lady Daisy (1993). We, Dick’s family, have decided to start rereading (or in some cases reading) some of Dick’s books… This week I read Lady Daisy, which is about a nine-year-old called Ned, a boy who finds a talking Victorian doll in his grandmother’s attic. I found the book to be a charming, […]

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Caution! Hodgehegs Crossing!

Published on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

We all know that roads can be dangerous places, for human beings as well as animals. Anyone who has read Dick’s book The Hodgeheg will remember that Max the hedgehog has a very hard time crossing the busy road in order to reach the park on the other side. Luckily the Department for Transport has […]

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Teacher Resources

Published on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Dear primary school teachers, Did you know that tucked away at the bottom of every page of this website there is a teacher resources page? On it, you can find some (hopefully) useful notes on reading aloud to children and specific notes covering some of Dick’s titles, including the brand-new and comprehensive notes for The […]

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All Around The World

Published on Friday, May 10th, 2019

Amazingly, Dick’s books have been published in at least 15 languages, so that children from many different places around the world can read them. Can you guess which book titles these are, and what language they have been translated into?

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Looks Can Be Deceiving…

Published on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

When Dick was a farmer, his normal farm vehicle was a second-hand Land Rover, but for a period during the 1950s he owned an old, custard-coloured, ex-baker’s van, which he regularly used for transporting livestock. On one occasion, he was taking a favourite nanny goat to be mated. Rachel, a noble animal with a patrician […]

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Dick’s Birthday

Published on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Dick King-Smith was born on the 27th March 1922. That is exactly 97 years ago today! Although Dick died in 2011, in an almost magical way, it feels as though a small part of him lives on through the stories he wrote. The fact that to this day, many, many children from around the world […]

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Pets For Keeps

Published on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Over the years, Dick had hundreds of pets of all different sorts. From budgerigars to mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, tortoises, cats and dogs and many more. He also had lots of farm animals during his twenty years as a farmer, and these included cows, goats, hens, ducks, pheasants and of course, pigs! As most […]

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Dick King-Smith, My Dad

Published on Monday, March 4th, 2019

Every so often I get a little bit of reflected glory, when someone connects my surname with the man who wrote “The Sheep-Pig” and found fame when it was made into the delightful film “Babe”. Of course, that isn’t quite the full story: my father, Dick King-Smith, wrote over 100 books – starting in 1977 […]

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