The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith

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When eight-year-old Kirstie and her family go beach coming near their home in Scotland, she finds something that looks like a giant fish egg, and is just too interesting to leave on the beach. So she brings it home and sneaks it into the bathtub overnight. The next morning, she is surprised to find that the egg has hatched, but the newborn is unlike anything anyone has seen before. With a long neck, head like a horse, skin like a toad's, flippers like a turtle, and a tail like a crocodile, her brother Angus declares it a monster. Grandfather knows better and tells them it's a kelpie, or what he calls a water horse. The family keeps the baby and names it Crusoe. But as Crusoe grows, he becomes a bigger and bigger problem--literally. They are forced to find him a new home, away from people and boats.  They settle on a beautiful Loch, now known as Loch Ness. From the author of beloved Babe comes the soon-to-be-classic story of how--thanks to the love and kindness of the human family that raises him--the Loch Ness Monster found his home.  

About Dick King-Smith

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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 enjoyment from what he does.*Among his well-loved books is Babe, The Gallant Pig , which was recently made into a major motion picture, and was nominated for an Academy Award.  *Dick currently lives with his wife in a small 17th-century cottage, about three miles from the house where he was born.  
Published July 15, 2015 by Yearling. 128 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Fiction

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Searching for treasure washed up by a fierce coastal storm, eight-year-old Kirstie discovers a strange looking package-shaped object with long tendrils poking out from each of its four corners.

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The Columbus Dispatch

The son of the legendary Woody Guthrie has made a name for himself since his career exploded with t...

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Common Sense Media

When the family's mansion is commandeered by British soldiers to establish a defense against possible German submarines in the loch, Angus hides his baby beastie with help from his older sister Kirstie (Priyanka Xi) and Scottish handyman Lewis (Ben Chaplin), who identifies the creature as a "wate...

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Common Sense Media

Though it lacks most of the elements most authors seem to think are necessary -- a villain, suspense, breathtaking drama, potty humor, nasty or heroic kids, ineffectual adults -- it's as pleasurable and satisfying in its calm, reassuring way as a cold evening in front of a warm fire.

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Tulsa World

But this wimpy attempt -- the boy is all alone, the beast is born an orphan, everyone say "awww" -- doesn't satisfy in a cinematic world where better films in this genre have been made with a bit of an edge as well as a caring soul.

Dec 25 2007 | Read Full Review of The Water Horse

Just a little light humor, likable characters, an engrossing setup, a little authorial magic, and presto -- a satisfying read.

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Taking the legend of the Loch Ness monster out for an engaging ride, "The Water Horse" benefits from a strong sense of time and place (WWII-era Scotland), lush photography and committed performances -- not least from the initially cute, finally fearsome CG creature of the film's title.

Dec 13 2007 | Read Full Review of The Water Horse

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