Here are some facts about Dick King-Smith, the author of some very well-loved children’s books, such as The Sheep Pig (which became the movie Babe) and The Fox Busters.
- Dick King-Smith has three grown-up children, Juliet, Lizzie and Giles, and more than ten grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
- Before he became a fulltime writer, Dick King-Smith worked as a farmer, a primary school teacher, a shoemaker and a salesman.
- The Fox Busters was his first published children’s book.
- Dick King-Smith has written more than 100 books for children, most of them featuring animals.
- He writes his books in a tiny room at the top of his house, Diamond’s Cottage.
- Every morning he writes for two hours in pen on plain white A4 paper. In the afternoon he types out what he’s written.
- When he was a farmer, the pigs were Dick’s favourite animals. He even has a bronze statue of a pig in his garden.
Update: Dick King-Smith died on 4th January 2011. He was 88 years old.