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Dick King-Smith was born in Gloucestershire, England. He served in World War II, farmed for twenty years and, later, taught elementary school. The inspiration for many of his best-selling animal stories came from his farm and his animals. They include Babe: The Gallant Pig, made into a critically acclaimed film, and The Water Horse, to be released as a major film for the 2007 holiday season. His books have received numerous awards in both Britain and America.

Nick Bruel is the creator of Bad Kitty, Poor Puppy, Little Red Bird, and several other picture books. He has also illustrated three other young novels by Dick King-Smith, Hairy Hezekiah, Dinosaur Trouble, and Under the Mishmash Trees. He lives in Tarrytown, New York.

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