By Dick King-Smith; Fox Busters Ltd; Richard Bernal (Illustrator)
(Random House Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780679883302, 72pp.)

Publication Date: May 23, 2006

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Dick King-Smith brings his signature wit and charm to the Stepping Stone line with a lovable new puppy who's sure to capture readers' hearts. Smasher is always getting into trouble, whether it's chasing chickens, chewing up Mrs. Buzzard's slippers, or breaking all her china. Now she wants to get rid of him. Can Farmer Buzzard find a way to save him? Or is Smasher in the doghouse...for good?  

About the Author
Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England, surrounded by pet animals. After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books. Dick wrote mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites. He enjoyed writing for children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that they get enjoyment from what he does. Among his well-loved books are Babe: The Gallant Pig, which was made into a major motion picture and was nominated for an Academy Award.

LeAnn Rimes started singing at the age of two and won her first talent competition at age five. At thirteen, she released her first multi-platinum CD, Blue. Since then she has gone on to break boundaries between country, pop, and contemporary Christian music with her award-winning recordings. She was the first country singer to win a Best New Artist Grammy and the youngest to win the Best Country Vocal Grammy. She made her motion-picture debut in Coyote Ugly and also recorded four songs for its soundtrack, including the hit single "Can't Fight the Moonlight."
Richard Bernal has won many awards for his work in advertising and television, including one from the Children's Television Workshop.
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