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The Water Horse

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Another sweet animal tale from author of "Babe."

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age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+
My daughter is almost eight and loved this movie. If you enjoy sharing both fantasy and facts with your kids, believe in discussion after the film, then this is the movie for you. The story centrally takes place during WWII... and there is quite a bit of talk about war. The main character is going through the stages of grief (denial) for his father. There is quite a bit of smoking and drinking, but what is portrayed is accurate for the period. There is a dead stag shown (hunting.) There is a highly intense scene where the water horse (mistaken for a German submarine) is fired upon, repeatedly. The water horse is a wild creature and as such snaps and roars when attacked or fearful. After the movie, we talked about the difference between fantasy and reality, pets and wild creatures, times of war and times of peace and what life was in 1940 Scotland. My daughter said she liked everything except the dead stag. This is a good movie that teaches kids about: letting go, finding courage, and friendship. Parents will enjoy this movie, as well. The acting was terrific and the characters hold your attention throughout the movie.
age 9+


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This short novel from Dick King-Smith holds many of the same endearing qualities as the writer's well-known work about Babe the pig. It features a special bond between human and animal, and although there is a bit of suspense at times, there's much more charm than excitement to the tale. The Water Horse also features a quiet sense of humor similar to the tone of Babe: The Gallant Pig. Young readers will be amused by Angus' constant hunger and the family's close call with a police officer. This is an entertaining story that's simple to read and easy to enjoy.

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