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Chewing the Cud: An Extraordinary Life Remembered by the Author of Babe: The Gallant Pig

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A candid and very funny memoir from beloved children’s book author Dick King-Smith.
Before he was a children’s book author, Dick King-Smith was a soldier, a farmer, a salesman, a factory worker, and a teacher. But he was always a devoted family man who loved the countryside he lived in and the animals he kept. In this insightful memoir, Dick King-Smith recounts the joys and
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 19th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published September 6th 2001)
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Ruth
I randomly found this book when I was hurriedly looking for a quick, fiction read at the library before a car trip. Well, this isn't fiction but it was a quick read.:-) It's the autobiography of Dick King-Smith who wrote the book that became the movie Babe, as well as many other children's books featuring animals. I kind of feel like I "knew" him before he was famous simply because The Sheep Pig was one of the last books I read by him as a kid...prior to that, however, I read every book by him t ...more
Laura
Wonderful book that paints a picture of rural England by one of my favorite authors. His stories about living on a farm as a "not so profitable" farmer are refreshing and show a reverence to those who can make a living in agriculture. It's a nice step away from some more recent accounts of farm life by people determined to have their Starbucks while driving a John Deere.
Holly
A fun autobiography. I enjoy getting glimpses of other peoples lives. It was brief and focused on his life on the farm with the animals and how he became a successful writer. I enjoyed his sense of humor and his honesty with his failings and how eventually it all worked out for him. I want to read some of his books to the kids.
Lizzy
I wanted to like this book more than I did, but it was strangely dull and many of the stories King-Smith recounted weren't particularly interesting. From bits and pieces, he sounds like he had an interesting life, but these stories poorly represent it.
Emily
Very fun for animal-lovers, readers, writers, and fans of the classic book/movie, Babe. The stories Dick King-Smith shares were reminiscent to me of James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small books--truly enjoyable.
Jean
Autobiography of Dick King-Smith. Bit depressing.
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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
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