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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (629 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick King-Smith Narrator: Nathaniel Parker Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN:
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When eight-year-old Kirstie brings home a strange egg from the Scottish shore, her family never expects it to hatch. But the next day, Kirstie discovers a baby sea monster swimming in her bathtub! Part horse, part toad, part turtle, and part crocodile, he's the oddest-looking creature Kirstie's family has ever seen. Only Kirstie's grandfather knows what the beastie really is: a Water Horse! This lovable creature is the perfect pet. The only trouble is, he can't stop growing. He gets bigger. And Bigger. And BIGGER. Before long, he's outgrown every loch in sight. Will they ever find a home that's large enough for their Water Horse?

A magical retelling of the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, The Water Horse is a timeless tale that will delight children of all ages.

A major feature film, starring Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, and David Morrissey, has now been inspired by this book. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this classic tale of the water horse. I listened to it on audiobook being read by a Scotish man which gave the story so much more character! A perfect book for young children! Then of course you have to tell them the story of the Loch Ness "monster". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sq.Hill Library | 1/31/2014

    " _Water Horse_ isn't a new book, but it has recently been made into a feature film. For everyone who has ever wished and hoped that the Loch Ness Monster is real, this book is a magical story of a family in Scotland who find their own sea monster. This book is a great read-alike to _My Father's Dragon_ and would be a perfect read aloud chapter book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/28/2014

    " I read this to my daughter(8) and it kept her engaged and interested. I think it would've even appealed to my 5 yr old son. A good read aloud for kids. We will watch the movie now and compare differences between the book and the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillybean | 1/25/2014

    " Perfect & quick read-aloud for ages 5-12. ALWAYS read the book before the movie! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Kruszewski | 1/20/2014

    " This was a pretty good book execept it was kind of kiddy. Well it was about this boy who finds this egg, so he puts it in his garage type thing. Then it hatches and it ends up being a water horse. That means it is an animal that is supposed to be in the water and it grows to an EXTREME size. So he takes it to the local lake and some people its the lock ness monster because its in Scottland. Then the people call the army and they try to kill it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Souther | 1/16/2014

    " Kirstie finds a strange object washed up on the shore near her home in Scotland after a storm. The eight-year-old puts it in her bathtub, and out hatches a tiny sea monster. With help from her little brother, Angus, and her grouchy grandfather, Grumble, she raises the creature (dubbed "Crusoe") as he gets bigger. And bigger. And bigger. The characters are fun, including Crusoe, whose point of view is given in some of the story. Younger kids probably won't understand that this is a Loch Ness Monster origin story, but lovers of animals and caper stories will enjoy it all the same. Gr. 2-5. (And read-aloud for K-2) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/3/2014

    " This is one of those rare times when the book and the movie are both worth the time, and different beasties from one another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madison | 12/29/2013

    " it's diffrent from the movie well not that i've scene the movie but cemercials so yeah "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Broomie | 7/28/2013

    " Cute children's book/quick & enjoyable to read aloud. Completely different from the movie (of course). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jarkko Laine | 6/26/2013

    " A simple story, but interesting enough for my five-year-old without being too scary or dramatic. As such, I liked the book a lot: it's not always easy to find good books to read to kids of this age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vic | 6/20/2013

    " Fun adventure! Great book to read to kids before bedtime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/11/2013

    " My kids loved this book. We read every night, and they were excited to go to bed so they could hear what happened next. This was a fun read aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/18/2013

    " The commercial for the movie spurred my interest in the book because my son is a Nessie believer, which introduced us to many more of his books. These are great small chapter books to read to your kids- very cute and fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie Lee | 3/27/2013

    " It was a very cute book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/12/2012

    " I'm reading this to my 5-year old daughter and we're both really enjoying it. I saw the movie based on this book and it's definitely too dramatic and scary for a young child. The book is much more gentle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystal | 10/20/2012

    " Lincoln loved it, and begged to read more when we stopped for the day. It didn't have as many pictures as the books we usually read, but it still kept Lincoln's attention. I'm thinking about getting in on audio cd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 7/10/2012

    " Another good recommendation from Jim Trelease. We had fun reading this together and will probably see the movie this summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 3/13/2012

    " My kids loved this. It lead to lots of fantasy play, including bringing a rock home from the beach that they kept in a bucket of water because they thought it might be a Curouso's egg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia | 2/24/2012

    " graet, great book :) awful,terrible movie :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 2/21/2012

    " Fun. Enjoyed this; liked how the whole family got involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/12/2012

    " This is a quick read. I read it this morning on the recommendation of a student. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja | 7/27/2011

    " This book was okay. We read it because of the movie coming out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare Cannon | 6/29/2011

    " A very gentle story which offers something new for avid young readers who don't need pace and action to hold their interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 6/26/2011

    " A simple, straightforward story. I didn't get a very good sense of Kirstie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlajo | 5/2/2011

    " I want one of my own! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tigerlily | 5/2/2011

    " This would be a great book for beginning readers, or if you want something easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 4/17/2011

    " My kids loved this. It lead to lots of fantasy play, including bringing a rock home from the beach that they kept in a bucket of water because they thought it might be a Curouso's egg. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/2/2011

    " I'm reading this to my 5-year old daughter and we're both really enjoying it. I saw the movie based on this book and it's definitely too dramatic and scary for a young child. The book is much more gentle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/20/2011

    " I enjoyed this classic tale of the water horse. I listened to it on audiobook being read by a Scotish man which gave the story so much more character! A perfect book for young children! Then of course you have to tell them the story of the Loch Ness "monster". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 9/24/2010

    " Pleased to see the whole family in on the adventure of raising a sea monster from egg. Surprised at the ending but shouldn't have been. My seven-year-old grandson saw the book cover and asked me to read it to him. Good story for mid-grade boys or girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annemarie | 9/22/2010

    " my 5 year old LOVES this! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tigerlily | 8/6/2010

    " This would be a great book for beginning readers, or if you want something easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inspired Kathy | 3/18/2010

    " This is a cute story about the Loch Ness Monster for an elementary aged child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 3/9/2010

    " I read this to my daughter(8) and it kept her engaged and interested. I think it would've even appealed to my 5 yr old son. A good read aloud for kids. We will watch the movie now and compare differences between the book and the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/13/2010

    " This is a quick read. I read it this morning on the recommendation of a student. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/1/2009

    " Working on reading this with my middle girl, before she is allowed to watch the movie. I want to see what she comprehends of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 11/9/2009

    " It was cute, but there wasn't the usual growth and learning that people (or animals) have in Dick King-Smith books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/11/2009

    " A wonderful book for kids and people who like them. Great writing, delightful characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hasanuddin | 5/10/2009

    " Monster Lochness, diceritakan dalam berbagai versi. Water Horse mengisahkan persahabatan monster dengan anak kecil. Persahabatan yang absurd namun indah dan tulus... "

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About the Author
Author Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith was the pen name of Ronald Gordon King-Smith (1922–2011). He was a prolific English writer of children’s books, best known for The Sheep Pig, or Babe: The Gallant Pig, as it was know in the United States, which won the 1984 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and was adapted as the movie Babe. He was awarded an Honorary Master of Education by the University of the West of England in 1999 and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010.

About the Narrator

Nathaniel Parker has appeared in several films, including The Bodyguard, Wide Sargasso Sea, and Hamlet, while his theatrical roles include Wellbred in Every Man in His Humour, Kudryash in The Storm, Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, and Don Pedro in The Rover. Among his television credits are A Village Affair, David, Absolute Hell, and the part of Gabriel Oak in Far from the Madding Crowd.