Hugh Lofting has a fabulous imagination! I would love to take an extended vacation there someday…but until then this field trip into his fancy will have to suffice. The character development of animals in The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle was fun and full of whimsy. Even the 200 year old parrot, Polynesia, as the determined leading lady of this story was complex.
I highly recommend this book to read aloud to children. And you have to come up with some great voices for the animals – CheeChee the monkey should make you laugh, and Jip, the dog should sound loyal and responsible. Oh, the possibilities! I think I will read this one to my kids over the summer…and then visit the zoo.
My only question for Doctor Dolittle would be how the animals in his acquaintance are named. Do they tell them his name? Or does he name them? With a duck housekeeper named Dab-Dab I can’t be sure. It’s a mystery I can live with.