10 New Editions!

Published on Friday, October 16th, 2020

The King-Smith family are delighted to announce the exciting news that independent children’s publisher Sweet Cherry will be republishing ten of Dick’s books in 2021! The titles are: Daggie Dogfoot(Pigs Might Fly), Dragon Boy, Dodos Are Forever, Julius Caesar’s Goat, Warlock Watson, What Sadie Saw, Tumbleweed, Paddy’s Pot of Gold, Find the White Horse and […]

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The Puffin Book of Big Dreams

Published on Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Stories to spark your imagination. Celebrate Puffin Books’ 80th birthday and the power of reading with this brand new collection! Perfect for reading aloud or reading independently at bedtime, this wonderful anthology features brand new stories, poems and illustrations from well-loved and exciting new Puffin authors and illustrators. Plus, rediscover carefully curated extracts from Puffin’s […]

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Happy Anniversary, Babe!

Published on Friday, August 28th, 2020

Amazingly, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the film Babe, based on Dick’s 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig (Babe the Gallant Pig). Released in 1995, the film was a box office smash, opening to glowing reviews from critics and charming audiences worldwide. The film did so well that it was nominated for seven Oscars, including […]

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Ransome, Sims and Jeffries

Published on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Many years ago, Dick wrote his very first book The Fox Busters, which was published when he was 56 years old. He got the idea during the time that he was a farmer and kept chickens. Foxes were an ever-present threat. The book is about three brave hens called Ransome, Sims and Jefferies, who are […]

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The Invisible Dog, read by Dick’s daughter Juliet.

Published on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

The Invisible Dog, by Dick King-Smith, read by his daughter Juliet. Chapter one. A little girl who desperately wants a dog introduces an imaginary Great Dane called Henry into her home. Her wish comes true when she is allowed a real Henry. Was old Mrs Garrow, with her cackling laugh and black cat, responsible for […]

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Would Anyone Like A Story?

Published on Sunday, April 5th, 2020

At the bottom of this page, Dick’s daughter Juliet reads Sophie’s Snail, chapter one… Chapter two. Chapter three. Chapter four. Chapter five.  Further chapters to follow, on the Dick King-Smith YouTube Channel.

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Reading Dick’s Books: Book Six

Published on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Book Six: Lady Lollipop (2000). We, Dick’s family, have decided to start rereading (or in some cases reading) some of Dick’s books… ‘Lady Lollipop is about a princess named Penelope and she wants a pig for her birthday and she gets one! A poor boy called Johnny Skinner gives her a pig called Lollipop but […]

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Reading Dick’s Books: Book Five

Published on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Book Five: Magnus Powermouse (1982). We, Dick’s family, have decided to start rereading (or in some cases reading) some of Dick’s books… Magnus Powermouse was Dick’s third book, coming just after Daggie Dogfoot and just before The Queen’s Nose. The book takes the reader into a typical farmyard setting, where mouse mother and mouse father […]

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Farmer Hoggett and Babe

Published on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

The King-Smith family have been lucky enough to receive this wonderful illustration of Farmer Hoggett and Babe from a talented little girl called Luna Silander who is in grade five in St Cyprian’s School in Cape Town, South Africa. We think that Luna has perfectly captured the scene in The Sheep-Pig (Babe the Gallant Pig) […]

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The Puffin Book of Big Dreams!

Published on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

We are very excited to announce that Dick King-Smith’s writing will be featured in The Puffin Book of Big Dreams! It is a new collection of stories, poems and illustrations from well-loved and exciting new authors and illustrators to celebrate Puffin Books’ 80th birthday and the power of reading. Along with many other brilliant works, […]

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