Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England. After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books that have received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Among his well-loved novels are Babe: The Gallant Pig, Harry's Mad, Martin's Mice, Ace: The Very Important Pig, The Robber Boy, The Invisible Dog, Three Terrible Trins, Harriet's Hare, The Stray, A Mouse Called Wolf, and Mr. Ape. Mr. King-Smith passed in away in 2011, but his stories live on.
An ALA Notable Book
A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book A Horn Book Fanfare Honor
Book An IRA-CBC Children's Choice An NCTE Teachers' Choice
"A hilarious fantasy about a plucky piglet that learns how to tend sheep, Babe is a barnyard charmer." --The Washington Post on the film adaptation
"An animal fantasy which will inevitably be compared to Charlotte's Web. . . . A splendid book." --The Horn Book, starred review "Impossible to resist." --Booklist, starred review "One of the most delightful children's authors." --The Guardian on Dick King-Smith