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The Voyages Of Dr Dolittle (Red Fox Older Fiction) Paperback – 15 Aug 1991


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New edition edition (15 Aug. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099854708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099854708
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 944,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Children will delight in this book. Dr Dolittle wins all hearts" (Times Literary Supplement)

"Any child who is not given the opportunity to make the acquaintance of this rotund, kindly and enthusiastic doctor / naturalist and all of his animal friends will miss out on something important" (Jane Goodall)

About the Author

Hugh Lofting was born in Maidenhead in 1886. As a child he kept a miniature zoo and wildlife museum in his mother's linen cupboard and enjoyed making up stories for his family. He later studied engineering in London and the United States, and visited Canada, Africa and the West Indies. After his marriage in 1912 he settled in the United States. Hugh Lofting fought in the trenches during World War I and it was whilst observing the lack of compassion shown to the horses on the battlefields that the idea for Doctor Dolittle was born. He was the main character in letters Hugh sent home from the front to entertain his children. The successful publication of The Story of Doctor Dolittle in 1920 was followed by a further eleven books. In 1923 Hugh Lofting was awarded the Newbery Medal. He died in 1947.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. H. Bridges on 5 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
The introduction of Tommy Stubbins as the Doctor's assistant makes it possible to see the Doctor in a new way, as it had never been possible for the animals to discuss the Doctor's doings with another human before. This makes "The Voyages" perhaps the best of all the Dolittle books.
We get to see the Doctor doing things never before imagined (in the bullfight) and acting in unexpected ways (the tribal war), and even wondering whether he should ever return to his animals and his beloved Puddleby. Hugh Lofting balances these surprisingly deep worries (especially the question of "improving life" for the tribe) with the humour and riotous fun of the Spanish chapters and the stowaway list.
Most of the books contain long digressions which tend to make the book heavy-going. There is much less of that in "The Voyages", but there's still so much happenning that the plot is never dull.
It's excellent. Buy it. Why not get the whole series? (I did.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 1999
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This book is excellent! I recommend the original version, and not this abridged piece of fewmets. This story tells of the first meeting between Dr. Dolittle and Tommy Stubbins as the travel to Spider-Monkey Island, fight a war, and save a island from sinking into the ocean.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 July 1998
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I think that this book is a tremendously enertaining and although it doesnt get moving along for a bit, the most amusing scene is in the court room with Luke the Hermit and Bob the Bulldog. I gurantee that once you read this book your will give it to your children who will give it to their children.
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My daughter loves the story and I have read it three times to her. She never tires of it. I put this down to the fact that the Hugh lofting wanders off in his writing. In a convoluted style his narrative includes stories withing stories which really works. He manages to grasp something that children love and adults (particular publishers) would question relavance of, I imagine. If it would nt be for the fact that this is a classic story I could easily imagine large chunks of it falling under the editorial axe. I m glad none of it has!
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By A Customer on 8 Feb. 1999
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The book is a wonderful book. Hugh Lofting really knew how to explain all of his thoughts about animals to the people of the outside world. He had a great imagination of talking to the animals and we were lucky enought that he was willing to share all of his thoughts with us.
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I was surprised at how timeless this book. is. The writing is beautiful and the story cracks along at a pace so you never get bored.I thought the idea of the narrator being a child was inspired. Read it very quickly as I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.
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By A Customer on 28 Oct. 1998
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This book is great! It has an always-interesting plot and great characters. My favorite would have to be Polynesia. That bird is smart! My favorite part would be the part when they get shipwrecked and are stranded on tiny peices of wood. That's pretty exciting!
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By A Customer on 1 July 1997
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Doctor Doolittle was the most exciting book I ever read. I liked reading about all the animals.
It was a funny/cool book. I want to read more about Docter Doolittle and all his animals in his other books.
Ed age 10.
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