Martin, a kitten, is branded a wimp' by his siblings for his friendlyinterest in mice. He loves caring for them and can't understand their desirefor freedom. Only when he becomes the pet of a big city apartment dweller doeshe realize why his pets deserted him. An engaging animal fantasy with plentyof humorous insight into the human condition, King-Smith's story has humor anda fast pace which will appeal to younger readers. -- School LibraryJournal (starred review)
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 writes mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites.He enjoys 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 is Babe, The Gallant Pig , which was recently made into a major motion picture, and was nominated for an Academy Award. Dick currently lives with his wife in a small 17th-century cottage, about three miles from the house where he was born.