Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596433182, 96pp.
Publication Date: August 21, 2007
BAD-TEMPERED RUNAWAY CAMEL. Funny, fast, and satisfying--a hilarious yarn from the "master of animal stories."* Tired of his lonely life at the zoo, Hezekiah--an ornery, very hairy Bacrian camel--busts out and heads across country. His adventure leads him to an eccentric (and equally hairy) aristocrat, a new life at a wildlife park, and company in the form of a female camel. Laughs, action, short chapters, and a genuine appreciation of the animal world make this a satisfying choice for newly independent readers. Nick Bruel's antic black-and-white drawing add to the fun. *The Guardian (London)
"King-Smith expertly juggles the comedic and the informational—readers may be surprised by how much they will learn about the species—and Bruel's ... cartoon art enhances both the initial poignancy and the playfulness of this tale."--Publishers Weekly "Amiable animal ramble from King-Smith ... will please newly independent readers."--Kirkus Reviews "An ideal early chapter book."--School Library Journal