Thursday, December 28, 2006

He can talk to the animals

If you enjoyed the Doctor Dolittle movies starring Eddie Murphy, you might like to read the novels on which they were based. Way back in the 1920s, Hugh Lofting began writing his series of more than a dozen books about the remarkable, somewhat absent-minded scientist and resident of the little English town of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh, who found that he could understand and speak to animals in their language. Doctor Dolittle's Zoo finds the good doctor back in Puddleby after a recent adventure. With the help of his duck-housekeeper Dab-Dab, his parrot-financial advisor Polynesia, and his young human friend Tommy Stubbins (and many others), the Doctor decides to open a zoo on the grounds of his home. But not just any zoo: this is Animal Town, complete with its own social clubs, gyms, restaurants, and shops. There is even a mouse mayor. While setting up the zoo, the Doctor and his friends also find time for an adventure involving a large amount of money, an angry neighbor, and a creepy local mansion.

One of the best parts about Doctor Dolittle's Zoo is that the animals are not all sugar-and-spice, fairy-tale characters. They have personalities, they argue and get annoyed with each other. There is even a jail in Animal Town. One of the first to be incarcerated is Gub-Gub the pig. He is arrested by the fox detectives for eating lettuces from the vegetable garden outside the Rabbits' Apartment House.

If you would like to begin reading about Doctor Dolittle from the very beginning, stop by and check out The Story of Doctor Dolittle. Then, you might like to move on to Doctor Dolittle and the Green Canary, Doctor Dolittle and the Secret Lake, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, Doctor Dolittle in the Moon ... and more!
P.S. We also have the movie! Doctor Dolittle

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