7 Facts About Dick King-Smith

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.

  1. Dick King-Smith has three grown-up children, Juliet, Lizzie and Giles, and more than ten grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
  2. Before he became a fulltime writer, Dick King-Smith worked as a farmer, a primary school teacher, a shoemaker and a salesman.
  3. The Fox Busters was his first published children’s book.
  4. Dick King-Smith has written more than 100 books for children, most of them featuring animals.
  5. He writes his books in a tiny room at the top of his house, Diamond’s Cottage.
  6. Every morning he writes for two hours in pen on plain white A4 paper. In the afternoon he types out what he’s written.
  7. 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.

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