The Water Horse (Paperback)

By Dick King-Smith, David Parkins (Illustrator)
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Now in paperback From the award-winning author of "Babe: The Gallant Pig" comes the story of how the Loch Ness monster finds his home, thanks to the human family that raises him.

About the Author

Dick King-Smith is the author of this season s "Dinosaur Trouble "(see page 14). He lives in the west of England.

David Parkins has illustrated numerous children's books. He also does editorial illustrations, political cartoons, and strip cartoons. David lives in Lansdowne, Ontario. For more information, visit

Praise For…

"When eight-year-old Kirstie finds a mysterious egg on the beach after a big storm, no one in the family expects it to hatch. But the next day, after a night in the bathtub, a mysterious little creature is born: part turtle, part horse, part frog, with an alligator tail. Only Kirstie's grandpa knows its true identity: a Water Horse, the sea monster of Scottish legend. The creature becomes a family pet, tamable and lovable, though with a huge appetite. As he grows and grows, the family must decide where to place him, somewhere away from those who would exploit him or, worse, accidentally become his dinner; perhaps Loch Ness would be safest. This well-written, fast-paced fantasy combines a popular subject with appealing, distinctive characters, humor, and drama. King-Smith's imaginative spin on an old myth makes the outrageous possible."--Booklist

"It's an ideal family read-aloud." --The Horn Book Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375842313
ISBN-10: 0375842314
Publisher: Yearling Books
Publication Date: November 13th, 2007
Pages: 118
Language: English