The Book Depository Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

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Description: Story of Doctor Dolittle : Paperback : Dover Publications Inc. : 9780486438832 : 048643883X : 17 Jan 2005 : The lovable doctor and his devoted animal friends -- including the two-headed pushmi-pullyu -- head for Africa to combat a serious epidemic plaguing the primate population.

 

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Author: Simon

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Review: I first read this book on Hoopla, afterwards I bought one for myself and a friend. I love this book. It is a great book for children, even adults!

 

Author: K. J. Kelly

Rating: 3

Review: The man who can talk to animals, filmed several times. Doctor Dolittle is a book I read many years ago for a course, but completely forgotten. Well, I DID remember that there were uncomfortable scenes involving some teeth-clenchingly racist characters... My 7 year old and I listen to a lot of books on the way to school, and having this on our shelf but also available to hear from Audible, we combined the two so he could follow along while we drove. This definitely helped with this slightly older material with some language that doesn't flow as easily as contemporary books tend to. Dr Dolittle lives in the English village of Puddleby with his large menagerie of animals. Losing money as a doctor of humans (most are scared away by his animal friends), he finds he is able to succeed as an animal doctor after he learns to speak their languages. And when he receives a message that the African monkeys are sick and in need of his expertise, the story becomes a global adventure. The animal doctoring is fine, my son liked the idea of a man talking to the animals. A few are characterised but most seemed to fade into the background for me. It was a few scenes in particular though which has readers' eyebrows raising - Prince Bumpo (yes, you read right), whom the Doctor meets on his travels, wishes to turn his skin from black to white. It's a fairly uncomfortable couple of chapters to sit through as an adult, but my son had no idea it was anything to make mention of, and for the time in which it was written, of course, would have not stood out in the way it does today. Dolittle's adventures are pretty exciting for a child reader, with talking animals and world travels. Some scenes did drag though, certainly in the second half. I think if we hadn't had a copy of the book to follow, my son would have started flagging and getting bored with it. The new Audible narrator had a very distinct voice, I wasn't too sure I liked it particularly, especially the American accent for a British-set, written and populated book. The Push-Me-Pull-You is a memorable creation, one you want to see (not easy on an audiobook!), and the whole concept is great. The book itself has dated, but for a capable reader it is still entertaining and accessible, though some may require some explanation/detail as to the Bumpo sequence... For ages 7/8 and over, dependent on capability. With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

 

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