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The Water Horse: Free Extract | [Dick King-Smith]

The Water Horse: Free Extract

This is a free sample of The Water Horse. When eight-year-old Kirstie brings home a strange egg from the Scottish shore, her family never expects it to hatch. But the next day, Kirstie discovers a baby sea monster swimming in her bathtub! Part horse, part toad, part turtle and part crocodile, he's the oddest-looking creature Kirstie's family has ever seen. Only Kirstie's grandfather knows what the beastie really is: a Water Horse! This lovable creature is the perfect pet.
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Publisher's Summary

This is a free sample of The Water Horse.

When eight-year-old Kirstie brings home a strange egg from the Scottish shore, her family never expects it to hatch. But the next day, Kirstie discovers a baby sea monster swimming in her bathtub! Part horse, part toad, part turtle, and part crocodile, he's the oddest-looking creature Kirstie's family has ever seen. Only Kirstie's grandfather knows what the beastie really is: a Water Horse!

This lovable creature is the perfect pet. The only trouble is, he can't stop growing. He gets bigger. And Bigger. And BIGGER. Before long, he's outgrown every loch in sight. Will they ever find a home that's large enough for their Water Horse?

A magical retelling of the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, The Water Horse is a timeless tale that will delight children of all ages.

A major feature film, starring Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, and David Morrissey, has now been inspired by this book.

©1990 Foxbusters Ltd.; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The characters are believable and, since King-Smith relates events from the point of view of the water horse as well as those of Kirstie and her family, readers get to know the friendly, not-at-all-fearsome monster." (School Library Journal)

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    "Coming from someone who hasn't seen the movie..."

    I can't comment on how this compares to the movie, but i can say that this audio book is certainly worth listening to even if you haven't seen the movie.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Wake Forest, NC, United States 10-06-10
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    Better than the movie. Great story. Could get lost in this book. Kids would like it too.

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    This was a very good book, better than the movie. Really enjoyed the narrator, did a great job.

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    I liked the extract and I have it on my list of stories to listen to.

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is good one and it really would be liked by everyone , and i would recommend to everyone.


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    I enjoyed the book. It provided hours of thought provoking story. I liked the narrator. He had a great voice.

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    "Loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, in a heartbeat. I fell in love with the movie, and the audiobook was done very nice as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The friendship between the boy and the Waterhorse


    Have you listened to any of Nathaniel Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    LOL, I believe the film has already been made. And, The Waterhorse, fits


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    If you could sum up The Water Horse in three words, what would they be?

    they could be amazing, fantastic, and super.



    What did you like best about this story?

    this book is one of the best books I've ever read and the I will give the author all 5000000000 stars for the book.


    Have you listened to any of Nathaniel Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    this author did a fantastic job one the book.
    GREAT AWESOME FANTASTIC SUPER JOB.

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    "CAN NOT DELETE OFF MY KINDLE"
    Would you try another book from Dick King-Smith and/or Nathaniel Parker?

    This is on my Kindle with out my wanting it


    Has The Water Horse turned you off from other books in this genre?

    DO NOT WANT THIS ON MY KINDLE, PLEASE REMOVE IT


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Where does The Water Horse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Free Audio to try Free Audio to try Free Audio to try Free Audio to try


    Have you listened to any of Nathaniel Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Free Audio to try


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