Hairy Hezekiah

Dick King-Smith; Illustrated by Nick Bruel

Roaring Brook Press

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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)

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Hairy Hezekiah
1In a zoo in an English city there lived a camel. Do not think that I am being a liar, when I say his name was Hezekiah. It really was, honestly. He was a Bactrian camel, very big and heavy and covered with a lot of dark brown hair. On his back he carried two large humps. He was well-fed and kindly treated, but in one way Hezekiah was different from all the other animals in the zoo.They had friends to talk to--the lions in the Lion House, the gorillas and chimpanzees in the Ape House, the birds in the Aviary, the monkeys in the Monkey Temple--they all had others of their own kind

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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

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Children's Review: Hairy Hezekiah by Dick King-Smith / Author, Nick Bruel / Illustrator , illus. by Nick Bruel. Roaring Brook $12.95 (89p) ISBN 978-1-59643-318-2

Polished raconteur King-Smith (Babe: The Gallant Pig ) adds another cheerful animal caper to his repertoire, introducing a hairy Bactrian camel who is the sole me
- Publishers Weekly

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Dick King-Smith; Illustrated by Nick Bruel

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.

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Hairy Hezekiah
Dick King-Smith; Illustrated by Nick Bruel


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Roaring Brook Press
August 2007
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ISBN: 9781429998031
ISBN10: 1429998032
Middle-Grade Fiction96 pages
Age Range: 7 to 10
Grade Range: 2 to 5

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