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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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Wake Forest, NC, United States 10-06-10
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    "The Water Horse"

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


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    the book was okay but it didn't make sense to me like the movie did.

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

    I would recommend this audiobook to adventurous souls of all ages


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator's voice is wonderful, including various accents and fluctuations.
    The storyline is a delight.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the sections of the storm descriptions, and walking on the beach where they discovered the egg.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the ending where they mention that even as adults the story is a favorite.


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    I loved the whole thing. If Would have enjoyed it if it had been three times as long.

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    I listened to this audio book with the kids and they absolute loved it. The voice acting was also very good.

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