Dick King-Smith (1922 2011) was a prolific English author of children's books, mostly about animals. His single most famous book is ''The Sheep-Pig'', which was the basis of the film ''Film/{{Babe}}''.

He also wrote a sequel to ''The Sheep-Pig'', ''Ace'', which was ''not'' the basis of the sequel to ''Babe''.

Another of his books was the basis of the film ''The Water Horse''. ''Harry's Mad'' was the basis for a live action TV series, as was ''The Queen's Nose'' (one of his few books ''not'' about animals) and ''The Foxbusters'' had [[WesternAnimation/TheFoxbusters an animated adaptation]].

!!His works provide examples of:

* AnimalJingoism: Principally between sheep and sheepdogs in ''The Sheep-Pig''.
* AnimalTalk: In many Dick King-Smith books, animals of different species can speak to each other (but usually not to humans). ''The Sheep-Pig'' is an obvious example. ''The Foxbusters'', in which hens, foxes and rodents each speak distinct languages, is an exception.
* CuteButCacophonic: ''The Guard Dog''
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Fweddy from ''Harry's Mad''.
* HaveAGayOldTime: It's certainly not his fault, but nowadays his name looks like a parody of a forum troll's handle.
** The term "bitch" was used a quite a bit in ''The Sheep-Pig''. Not as the insult or general swear word that it's commonly used for today, but for its original synonym for a female dog.
* HeroicAlbino: In ''The School Mouse''
* TheHighwayman: ''The Toby Man''.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: Farmer Farmer in ''The Fox Busters''.
* InterspeciesAdoption:
** ''The Sheep-Pig'', in which a piglet is raised by a sheep-dog.
** ''Dragon Boy'', in which an orphaned boy is taken in by a pair of dragons, uses the trope in a more fantastic way.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In ''Ace'' the titular pig and his owner go on "''That's The Way It Goes'', with Hester Jantzen", a parody of the real-life programme ''That's Life'' hosted by Esther Rantzen.
* OnceForYesTwiceForNo: ''Ace'' is about a pig named Ace who has the unique natural talent of understanding everything humans say, and works out a way of communicating with farmer Ted Tubbs by grunting once for "no" and twice for "yes." He briefly ponders expanding on it by devising specific meanings for three grunts, four grunts and so on, but ultimately decides this will get too complicated for them both.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Madison the African Grey Parrot in ''Harry's Mad''.
* RecycledInSpace: ''The Fox Busters'' is ''Film/TheDambusters'' but with animals.
* StockAnimalDiet: In ''Magnus Powermouse'' the pest control officer baits his trap with a chunk of Mars bar, and the narration notes that the stereotype of mice preferring cheese is wrong.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: In ''Smasher'', the eponymous puppy asks whether his father was like this. His mother says yes, and that Smasher is going to be just like him. However Smasher is actually really ugly and described as looking like the offspring of Literature/{{the Hound of the Baskervilles}}.
* ThemeNaming: Madison the parrot from ''Harry's Mad'' was so called because he was his original (American) owner's fourth parrot. "Washington died in his sleep, Adams caught pneumonia and Jefferson tangled with the cat."
* TheToothHurts: This plays a part in ''The Stray'', since the main character has a fear of dentists but starts developing tooth pains partway through the book.
* {{Xenofiction}}: Sometimes his work falls into this, but it depends very much on the individual setting.
* YourTomcatIsPregnant:
** Fweddy the parrot in ''Harry's Mad''.
** Tom (later renamed Tomboy) the cat from the ''Sophie'' series.
* UglyCute: Smasher is described as being incredibly ugly but the fact that the farmer finds him cute is the reason that he manages to avoid being sold and punished several times.[[invoked]]
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