A candid and very funny memoir from beloved children’s book author Dick King-Smith. Before he was a children’s book author, Dick King-Smith was a soldier, a farmer, a salesman, a factory worker, and a teacher. But he was always a devoted family man who loved the countryside he lived in and the animals he kept. In this insightful memoir, Dick King-Smith recounts the joys and failures of his life with equal humor and candor. And he remembers a delightful cast of animal characters–from Anna, the dachshund who turned out to be just stubborn, not deaf, to the 600-pound pig Monty, who liked to be scratched on top of his head, to Wilhelmina, a pet badger who was fond of love bites. As readers delight in recognizing the inspiration behind many of Dick King-Smith’s books, they’ll also see how a collection of experiences made a man a writer.
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About Dick King-Smith
“[I] am a very happy man doing what is in effect my hobby for a living, i.e. writing stories for children.”—Dick King-Smith Dick King-Smith grew up in Gloucestershire, England. He lives with his wife in a small 17th-century cottage, three… More about Dick King-Smith
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers Feb 19, 2009| 208 Pages| Middle Grade (10 and up)| ISBN 9780307482778