This is the Fifty-sixth in my one-book-at-a-time bookshelf.
As a child I was an avid reader of Hugh Lofting's Doctor Dolittle books. I would take out two or three at a time from the library and return them in a couple of days and look for more. I only have this single copy on my bookshelf, a copy that I bought for my kids, and I'm disappointed not to see the full set in the bookshops. I'm sure that silly film versions don't help! Might be time for a resurgence.
In any case my childhood was full of John Dolittle and his adventures.