Babe Creator Dick King-Smith Dead at 88 British children's author wrote more than 100 books on rural life By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Jan 6, 2011 2:53 AM CST 6 comments Comments Dick King-Smith reads from his book "The Water Horse." (YouTube) (Newser) – Dick King-Smith, the British children's author who created one of filmdom's favorite pigs, has died at the age of 88. The writer passed away peacefully at his long-time home in rural England, the Guardian reports. King-Smith, a World War II vet, spent 20 years as a farmer before turning to teaching and, in his 50s, writing. Most of his more than 100 books drew on his knowledge of farms and animals. His best-known work, The Sheep-Pig, was adapted into the 1995 hit movie Babe.