I first saw this book reviewed by Carrie and stored it somewhere on my mental “we should read that one day” list. Recently, I was looking for the next book to read with David for his bedtime special book and thought of it again. And, wow, was I glad I remembered.
What a fun book. We’ve read other books by Dick King-Smith, most notably of course, Babe. We also enjoyed two of his other pig books, Clever Lollipop and Lady Lollipop. Similar to Carrie, we’ve also found others that we didn’t enjoy as much. But he’s written a lot so there’s a lot to choose from.
The Water Horse is a sweet story about a family living on the coast of Scotland in the 1930′s who discover an odd egg-like case on the beach one day. They bring it home and put it in the bathtub where much to the delight of the children and grandfather, a “water horse” hatches. (A detail I loved is that although the mother is patient, she is not at all excited about having this new creature to feed and care for in their home.) This is a creature the grandfather has heard rumors of and always dreamed of finding. The story is then simply about them learning how to care for it as it grows and grows and grows and eventually how to deal with the dilemma of how to hide their new friend from the community. Adult readers will be charmed and not all that surprised to find that in the end they choose a certain well known Loch to be his home.
It was a great, nearly perfect read for David. Funny, sweet, about an animal and with nice short chapters that work well before bedtime. John also really enjoyed listening to it, although it’s probably better suited for younger kids.
I also discovered that there is a movie version of the Water Horse which I think we’ll have to watch one night this summer.
And although I’m late again with my post, don’t forget to stop by Hope is the Word and see what others are reading. Great ideas for summer reading over there!