Doctor Dolittle has filled his house with so many of his animal friends that his "people" patients can bear it no longer. In fact, he likes the animals better and he can talk the them too! One day a mysterious call comes from Africa, the monkeys are all dying from a horrible epidemic. To the rescue! Doctor Dolittle sails off to help the monkeys and there finds the extraordinary two-headed Pushmi-Pullyu.
In this first book in the series, Doctor Dolittle discovers that he can talk to the animals--Jip the dog, Dab Dab the duck, Polynesia the parrot.
"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