Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England,
surrounded by pet animals. After twenty years as a farmer, he
turned to teaching and then to writing children's books. Dick
writes mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call
it, often about pigs, his special favorites. He enjoys writing for
children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that
they get enjoyment from what he does. Among his well-loved books is
Babe, The Gallant Pig , which was recently made into a major
motion picture, and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Dick currently lives with his wife in a small 17th-century cottage, about three miles from the house where he was born.