Dick King Smith has a reputation for good books about animals, and although the Water Horse is a fantastical creature, the story is richly realistic in tone. In this well written short paperback for confident readers, this is the story of the Loch Ness monster from its hatching fom a giant Mermaid's purse and through it's early life with two children and Grandad Grumble. They care for the friendly little monster as it grows from a kitten-sized creature with a face resembling a horse into a considerably bigger beastie which needs a secret midnight transfer to an appropriate loch.
It is a simple story yet both exciting and moving enough to engage and enthrall 5-9s, with a couple of dozen black and white illustrations to spark their imaginations. Now my children can't wait to see the film......
If you enjoyed the natural history and down-to-earth feel of this book, you might also like to try the shorter Morpurgo titles for the same age group e.g. The Dancing Bear and Tom's Sausage Lion.
on 26 February 2010
The waterhorse is a adventure by dick king-smith who likes animals and who likes writs books for children.
kistie and he her brother Angues find a egg.The next day it hatches in the shed.The Waterhorse and Angues has lots of adventures on the water.
I like the Waterhorse jumps on the het ,the het is attached to a horse. The house fell on catapault a explod and dost of men in the water.
I recommend this book to year 6. In conclusion i give this book 10/10 because its interesting for children.