Mr. Ape

Mr. Ape


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ISBN-13: 9780375802065
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/17/1999
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 7.59(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range: 8 - 10 Years

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Mr. Ape 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Dick King-Smith has written several children's novels about animals, the most famous of which is Babe: The Gallant Pig, which I have never read. I have read his Harry's Mad, about a parrot who can talk and actually think, which I thought was pretty good, and The School Mouse, about a mouse who learns to read, which I thought was fairly good. Mr. Ape is about an elderly, wealthy Englishman, Archibald Peregrine Edmund (A.P.E. for short) Spring-Russell of Penny Royal, and how he fills his family's ancestral home with all kinds of animals, but when it burns down buys a "caravan" to go on the road with a couple of Gypsies that he has met. The other King-Smith books that I have read tend to be a little quirky, and this one is no exception, but it is rather cute, except for a few discordant notes. In the very beginning, Mrs. Spring-Russell said that after thirty years of marriage she was sick and tired of the big ugly house and her husband, and so she left. Of course, Ape was not necessarily responsible for this, but he is said to have been relieved rather than surprised, and it is all presented rather nonchalantly. There are references to going to a pub for a drink and several uses of "golly" and "gosh," all of which I edited out while reading it aloud to Jeremy, who said that he liked it. Otherwise, there is not really anything objectionable.