Dick King-Smith, beloved author of Babe: The Gallant Pig, returns with a witty and touching tale about the different shapes and sizes a family can take. When Archibald Peregrine Edmund Spring-Russell (Ape, for short) finds himself living alone for the first time in his life, he's finally free to do exactly as he pleases. And nothing pleases this wealthy old English gentleman with an enormous estate and a Rolls-Royce more than buying twelve big, beautiful brown hens to keep in the living room. But Ape doesn't stop there. Soon there are rabbits and guinea pigs in the dining room, canaries in the music room, a noisy talking parrot in the kitchen, and a puppy who seems to be everywhere! Just when Ape's house is about to burst with little beasties, Joe and Jakefather and son Gypsieslend a helping hand. But it takes a household disaster for Ape to realize he finally has the family he never had. With trademark Dick King-Smith humor, short chapters, and large type, this easy-to-read story is perfect for independent readers.
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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.