Dick King-Smith 100: A National Creative Writing Competition Celebrating Dick’s Centenary Year!

Published on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

Introducing Dick King-Smith 100! Dick King-Smith wrote beloved children’s books such as The Hodgeheg and The Sheep-Pig, which was adapted into the film Babe. To honour the centenary of his birth, we’re inviting children to collaborate with Dick and enter the Dick King-Smith 100, a national creative writing competition. We’re challenging children to use their […]

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A Pig Called Lollipop

Published on Monday, March 7th, 2022

Celebrating the centenary of Dick King-Smith in 2022, this brand-new collection contains two timeless and funny adventures about a spoilt princess and her very clever pig, and features exciting new illustrations by Anna Chernyshova. Lollipop is no ordinary pig. According to her young owner Johnny Skinner, she’s the cleverest pig in the whole kingdom. When […]

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Dick’s Great Granddaughter Completes Unfinished Manuscript!

Published on Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

Not that long ago, Dick’s daughter Liz was going through a box in her attic that had been taken from Dick’s house after he died in 2011. In a dusty old box, she came across a forgotten manuscript that she didn’t recognise. How strange, she thought, as she believed that she was aware of everything […]

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Out Today! A Brand-New Book!

Published on Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

An exciting new publication in celebration of the centenary of Dick’s birth in 1922! An unfinished manuscript called Ambrose Follows His Nose was recently discovered in Dick’s daughter’s attic, and this funny and poignant animal story by Dick King-Smith was completed by Dick’s great granddaughter, Josie Rogers. Ambrose may seem like an ordinary rabbit but […]

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Clever Royal Pig Incoming!

Published on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022

To celebrate treasured author Dick King-Smith’s centenary, Walker Books are delighted to be publishing A Pig Called Lollipop, two funny animal adventure stories about a spoiled princess and a very clever royal pig. Out on World Book Day 2022, 3rd March this collection contains the stories Clever Lollipop and Lady Lollipop, and features exciting new […]

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The Hodgeheg Is 35!

Published on Friday, January 14th, 2022

Originally published all the way back in 1987 and beloved by children all over the world, The Hodgeheg is 35 years old this year! To celebrate, Penguin are releasing this lovely new anniversary edition. Out early in March, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Coming Soon!

Published on Monday, January 10th, 2022

2022 marks 35 years since the release of one of Dick’s most beloved stories, The Hodgeheg! To celebrate, and to mark 100 years of Dick King-Smith, who was born in 1922,  Puffin Books are soon to release this wonderfully funny audio collection, containing the Hodgeheg and seven other brilliant animal adventures. Perfect for young listeners, […]

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Centenary Box Set!

Published on Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

To celebrate 100 years since Dick King-Smith’s birth, this lovely new Sweet Cherry Publishing box set of ten fantastic stories is out now! You may be familiar with some of the titles, but I wonder how many people know all ten? From stories about a VERY smelly goat that helped Julius Caesar conquer the known […]

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Out Now!

Published on Monday, December 20th, 2021

As part of the celebration of Dick King-Smith’s centenary next year, 2022, marking 100 years since Dick’s birth, Sweet Cherry Publishing have released TEN lovely new editions of Dick’s books! The latest five titles, out now, are Paddy’s Pot of Gold, Warlock Watson, Tumbleweed, What Sadie Saw and Friends and Brothers. The first five titles, […]

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Julius Caesar’s Goat

Published on Monday, December 6th, 2021

Great Caesar’s goat! What’s that smell? Oh wait, it’s … Julius Caesar’s goat. Butter stinks so bad that armies flee at the merest whiff of him. No one understands how Caesar can bear to be near this pungent pet, let alone cuddling up with Queen Cleopatra. She might be beautiful, but she uses Siberian wolfs’ […]

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