Hairy Hezekiah (Hardcover)

By Dick King-Smith, Nick Bruel (Illustrator)

Roaring Brook Press, 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) 

About the Author

Dick King-Smith (1922-2011) was the author of dozens of popular books for children, including "Babe: The Gallant Pig" and "The Water Horse," both of which were adapted into major motion pictures. Born in Gloucestershire, England, King-Smith served in World War II, farmed for twenty years and, later, taught elementary school. The inspiration for many of his best-selling animal stories came from his farm and his animals. Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of "New York Times" bestseller "Boing," "Bad Kitty," "Bad Kitty Gets a Bath" and "Bad Kitty Meets the Baby," among others. Nick is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina and their lovely cat Esmerelda.

Praise For Hairy Hezekiah

"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