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The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith

The Water Horse

by Dick King-Smith

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    Archie Wilson: & The Nuckelavee (Volume 1) by Mark A. Cooper (Chasebushboy)
    Chasebushboy: Archie Wilson befriends the Loch Ness Montser
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    A Gift from Winklesea by Helen Cresswell (Moomin_Mama)
    Moomin_Mama: Both are lovely, gentle, British stories (one English, one Scottish) of children who hatch and look after a sea-creature.

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David Pittu
  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
Reminded me very much of a childhood favourite of mine - A Gift From Winklesea - in both subject and tone. The ending, while obvious and predictable, is also a bit of fun for children. Cute, and a quick and easy read. ( )
  Moomin_Mama | Oct 24, 2014 |
Set in the 1930s, the story of a brother and sister who live by the sea in Scotland with their mother, her father whom they call Grumble, and their sailor father, who is often away for long periods. After a storm they find an object which turns out to be a kelpie or water-horse egg, and out of it hatches what is obviously meant to be the Loch Ness Monster as a baby. They secretly raise Crusoe (as they name it) -- which involves all kinds of problems as it gets bigger and bigger -- and they have to train him to stay hidden from other people. The book ends with a newspaper clipping dated 1933 referring to the sighting of a great monster in Loch Ness.

Fairly short -- with b&w illustrations. ( )
  katie | Apr 7, 2013 |
Well written, good characterization, fairly interesting plot, author has the rare gift of charm. I liked the idea of a book written from the point of view of the monster. ( )
1 vote Inky_Fingers | Nov 24, 2012 |
its boring at the star t but then it gets better near the end :D i would like it better if it wasnt boring at the start !!! ( )
  XjessicaflorenceX | Aug 31, 2010 |
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Parker, NathanielNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375842314, Paperback)

Now in paperback! From the award-winning author of Babe: The Gallant Pig comes the story of how the Loch Ness monster finds his home, thanks to the human family that raises him.

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In 1930, on the coast of Scotland, eight-year-old Kirstie finds a large egg which hatches into an unusual sea creature, and as he grows her family must decide what to do with him.

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