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  • Published: 18 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241388372
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $12.99

The Voyages Of Doctor Dolittle


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Hugh Lofting's tales of Doctor Dolittle, the kind and eccentric naturalist who can speak with the animals, have been classics of children's literature for a century. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle has been fully updated for the modern reader by the author's son, Christopher Lofting.

Doctor Dolittle heads for the high seas in another amazing adventure and takes nine-and-a-half-year-old Tommy Stubbins along as his assistant.

Narrated by Tommy, Doctor Dolittle and his crew survive a hair-raising shipwreck and land on the mysterious floating Spidermonkey Island. There they meet the incredible Great Glass Sea Snail who holds the key to the biggest mystery of all.

A new movie, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, starring Robert Downey Jr as Dolittle is coming JANUARY 2020.
Actors lending their voices include Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Jumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Rami Malek, Frances de la Tour and starring in live-action roles are Antonio Banderas, Jim Broadbent and Michael Sheen.

  • Pub date: 18 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241388372
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $12.99

About the Author

Hugh Lofting

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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