Sophie’s Further Adventures

Published on Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Hot off the press, a brand-new edition of Sophie’s Further Adventures, illustrated by the brilliant Hannah Shaw. This handy three-in-one book contains the final three Sophie books, detailing the exciting antics of farmer-to-be Sophie, and is out now. Sophie’s Adventures contains the first three Sophie Books.  

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Reading Dick’s Books: Book Three

Published on Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Book Three: The Mouse Butcher (1981). We, Dick’s family (or in this case Dick’s long-term friend, neighbour and accountant Michael), have decided to start rereading (or in some cases reading) some of Dick’s books… I once lived in the same village as Dick and so followed his books closely, and have now, all these years […]

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Small Animals

Published on Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Here’s a picture of Dick holding a baby bunny, and another one of him with a (possibly pregnant) guinea pig. For many years, Dick bred small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and mice, and he loved and named each and every one of them. Doing this provided him with lots of inspiration for his […]

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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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