Book Review: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

Title: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

Author: Hugh Lofting

Publisher: Yearling

Release Date: Originally released in 1922

About the Book:

Doctor Dolittle heads for the high seas in perhaps the most amazing adventure ever experienced by man or animal. Narrated by nine and a half year old Tommy Stubbins, crewman and future naturalist, the voyages of Doctor Dolittle and his company lead them to Spidermonkey Island. Along with his faithful friends, Polynesia the parrot, and Chee-Chee the monkey, Doctor Dolittle survives a perilous shipwreck and lands on the mysterious floating island. There he meets the wondrous Great Glass Sea Snail, who holds the key to the greatest mystery of all.

I have fond memories of watching Disney’s version of Doctor Dolittle as a child. The music is catchy, and the adventures were so grand. Plus, how cool would it be to talk to the animals?  A few yeas ago my sister gifted me the book, which is when I realized, I had never actually read this classic story. I put it on my shelf to eventually be read, and just never got around to it. I finally started reading it to my kids as their bedtime story. I’ve found the enjoy real people movies (as I call them) more, if they’ve read/heard the book first.
So we finished the book this week, and I was surprised at many of the differences between book and movie (that shouldn’t have surprised me right). When we made our weekly library trip, we were very excited to find Disney’s Doctor Dolittle just waiting for us in the DVD section.
My kids have been just as captivated with the movie as I was. They have even pointed out some of the things that are different between book and movie – yay, they were actually listening to me read! We’re only halfway through the movie since it is a long one, but we’ll be finishing it up tonight. Off to find the great Glass Sea Snail!
Rating: 4.5 stars. Highly Recommend this classic
Content: Clean. The new copies have been edited to remove any potentially politically incorrect verbiage, but there is an afterword by the authors son telling why they chose to do so.
Source: Personal copy