Monday, January 5, 2009

Book Review - Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

Only reason I was able to listen to so many books was I was waiting at the ER with my dad on Friday for about 6 hours.

#2 (2009)

Title: Doctor Dolittle
Author: Hugh Lofting
Genre: Young Adult

Challenges: 101 Books in 1001 Days, A to Z Reading Challenge, What’s In a Name 2009 (Profession), 2009 Audiobook Challenge, 20 Books in 2009, Pages Read Challenge 2009, 2009 YA (Young Adult) Challenge, Well Seasoned Reader Challenge, The Year Of Readers - 2009

Rating: 5/5
No. of Pages: Audio ( pgs. 144)

From the back:
Have you ever wished that you could hear your horse’s deepest secrets? Or dreamt of having a pet who has promised not to eat you? Or have you ever imagined how amazing it would be to hang out in Africa with the King of the beasts and be able to communicate? Well, thanks to the teachings of his parrot, Polynesia, Dr. Dolittle has done all those things and much, much more! When he learns of an epidemic in the monkey community in Africa, Dr. Dolittle embarks on a journey to save them. Along the way, he will encounter African royalty, pirates, the mysterious pushmi-pullyu, and a world full of adventure.

What a wonderful story for the imagination (although I like the original Dr. Dolittle movie with Rex Harrison). What a wonderful adventure he embarks on to help the monkey colony. He encounters many obstacles along the way, but somehow with the help of all the animals that he has learned to talk to he can pass through most of them easily. The animals even help him get out of the way. I’ve always loved this movie, but the book is even better, since it really does tell you the background of how he learned to “talk to the animals”. He was actually a people doctor first before learning the languages of the animals and becoming a doctor for them.

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