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The Water Horse | [Dick King-Smith]

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty 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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    Julie M. 01-29-08
    Julie M. 01-29-08 Member Since 2006
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    "good childrens story"

    The Narrator is excellant. My children enjoyed listening to this story. We listened to the whole book in 1 day as it really held their interest and they are 5 and 8 years old.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-22-13
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    "This is a terrific story."

    Great accents. Whole family can listen. Family dynamics real, exciting events.
    Fairly short story unlike the movie which added in a bunch of WW11 angst.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emily San Francisco, CA, USA 10-15-09
    Emily San Francisco, CA, USA 10-15-09 Member Since 2006
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    "This is a good book about a sea monster!"

    I am 6 years old. For me this book was a really good book. I liked it because it was kind of funny. I really liked how the reader made the voices sound. The story was exciting but not too scary. In fact it was not scary at all!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-19-14
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    "Adorable Story"

    Story of the origins of the creature that became the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Geared towards children no doubt, but I enjoyed it very much. The narration was fantastic. Brought to life the home and family in the Scottish highlands beautifully. I quite liked Grumble (the grandfather), who helped the children take care of Crusoe. The movie adaptation that came out a few years ago took some liberties, for sure...

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    AJ Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 01-19-14
    AJ Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Nice prequel to a myth"

    The story is short and sweet, but with little development. the reader does a fine job with the Scottish accent. Fun short tale

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    Lucy Auckland, New Zealand 07-02-12
    Lucy Auckland, New Zealand 07-02-12
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    "Sweet childrens story"
    Where does The Water Horse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't usually listen to children's stories but this one was golden. There was great characterisation and I just wanted to keep listening to find out what happened next.


    What about Nathaniel Parker’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic, very British.


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    Maurice L. Moffett Albuquerque, NM 05-15-12
    Maurice L. Moffett Albuquerque, NM 05-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "nice story made captivating by a great performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I set it up for my kids and we spent two afternoons listening together because the story caught my attention too!


    What other book might you compare The Water Horse to and why?

    Books by Andrew Clements have the same feel to them


    Which character – as performed by Nathaniel Parker – was your favorite?

    Grumble


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    Jeanette Johannesburg, South Africa 05-13-12
    Jeanette Johannesburg, South Africa 05-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely child's book"
    If you could sum up The Water Horse in three words, what would they be?

    Great children's book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Water Horse?

    When Kruso hatched


    Which character – as performed by Nathaniel Parker – was your favorite?

    Angus, he played him beautifully


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

    It's already a good film


    Any additional comments?

    Ever child should read this

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    DavidOfOz 02-06-12
    DavidOfOz 02-06-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Better than the movie"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Dick King Smith has a knack for writing compelling stories without irrational conflicts. Family relationships are believable and the reader can relate to the personalities of all the characters. The drive on which we listened to this story went so much quicker.
    The movie added in the War, violence, conflict and broken families.
    The book has an intact, loving family that reacts to a unique situation well.
    Our children already want to listen to this story again.


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    Erin United States 11-25-11
    Erin United States 11-25-11

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    "Better than the movie!"

    We didn't know it was a book at first. We saw the movie and its waay over the top! The audiobook is a sweet, clean story about the Water Horse and the family that finds and raises him. The children are honest, obedient, and respectful to the adults. The story is narrated well, the storyteller is very good at the voices and has a cool accent.

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    "A lsweet story"

    A sweet story explaining the familiar myth of Nessie??? If so, it has a wonderful twist to it. I loved reading the book and really enjoyed listening to it too. I hope to listen to it again with my niece just starting out learning English.

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