Magnus was a large mouse, a fearless mouse, a real powermouse. Fattened on patent Porker Pills. he just grows and grows - and so do his problems.
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Dick King-Smith served in the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War, and afterwards spent twenty years as a farmer in Gloucestershire, the county of his birth. Many of his stories are inspired by his farming experiences. Later he taught at a village primary school. His first book, The Fox Busters, was published in 1978. He wrote a great number of children's books, including The Sheep-Pig (winner of the Guardian Award and filmed as Babe), Harry's Mad, Noah's Brother, The Hodgeheg, Martin's Mice, Ace, The Cuckoo Child and Harriet's Hare (winner of the Children's Book Award in 1995). At the British Book Awards in 1991 he was voted Children's Author of the Year. In 2009 he was made OBE for services to children's literature. Dick King-Smith died in 2011 at the age of eighty-eight.From AudioFile:
Pregnant in a pig-sty, an expectant mouse gives way to prenatal cravings and gorges on "Porker Pills." The prodigious result is another free-wheeling adventure by Dick King-Smith, brought hilariously to life by Nigel Anthony's droll-but-dramatic reading. From the sensibly sharp-tongued syllables of Madeline (the mother), to the loquacious Oxford-educated pronouncements of Marcus Aurelius (the father), to the cries of the insatiable off-spring, Nigel's command of personality and nuance is flawless. As the plot builds to its dramatic climax (Magnus meets a car) and sentimental denouement( bacon rinds all around), Nigel's pacing is perfect. A winning combination of print and performance. K.T.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 0060232323 . Bookseller Inventory # LDD5223MGLVAM061417O0538P
Book Description Harper & Row, New York, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Rayner, Mary (illustrator). 1st American. Green hardcover boards binding square and tight, front pocket intact and usual marks. DJ is price-clipped, clean and crisp with spine sticker. For ages 10+. 120 pages. Magnus was born big, and he won't stop growing. What mother wouldn't feel proud of a son who protects her from a cat. But then he is carried off by Jim the Rat Catcher and his adventures have just begun. Bookseller Inventory # 07727
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Book Description Apr 01, 1984. Book Condition: Used: Good. BEST BUY.LIBRARY COPY, HAS LIBRARY STAMP, HAS LIBRARY WEAR, GOOD CLEAN BOOK FOR READING.OFX/206. Bookseller Inventory # 716071