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.
K-Gr 3‘Another King-Smith critter to love. Wolf is such a minuscule mouse that his mother decides to give him a big name. A slightly chewed piece of sheet music yields "Wolfgang Amadeus Mo"‘hence W. A. Mouse or Wolf for short. The family mouse hole is just behind the leg of a grand piano played twice a day by an elderly woman. Wolf loves the music and, to the delight of Mrs. Honeybee and the bemusement of his mother, he becomes the first singing mouse. His special talent even enables him to summon help when Mrs. Honeybee falls and can't get up. The three central characters are nicely crafted in this sweet story. Budding young musicians will relate to Wolf's struggles to develop his talent and share it with his not-so-musical mother. Those who haven't discovered their talents will enjoy this small mouse as they have the other creatures King-Smith so lovingly creates. Goodell's black-and-white illustrations, done in an engaging style similar to the work of Garth Williams, have all the warmth of the text. An appealing beginning-chapter book for young readers ready for a bit of substance, and a surefire read-aloud.‘Jody McCoy, Lakehill Preparatory School, Dallas, TX
"A sunny story... which succeeds because of its determined main
character, its gentle wit, and its positive message." --
"An appealing beginning-chapter book for young readers... and a surefire read-aloud." -- School Library Journal