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Hairy Hezekiah

Hairy Hezekiah

Dick King-Smith; Illustrated by Nick Bruel

Roaring Brook Press




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)

Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List


Hairy Hezekiah

In 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...


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

In the Press

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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About the author

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.

Dick King-Smith

Nick Bruel


Nick Bruel

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