Doctor Dolittle’s Circus, written by Hugh Lofting and published in 1924, is set in England sometime between the original story and the later voyages narrated by Stubbins. It was the fourth novel in the series which was adapted into the film Doctor Dolittle. The story begins with Doctor John Dolittle who is looking for some money to earn to pay off a voyage to Africa.
Hugh Lofting was the creator of the beloved Doctor Dolittle children’s book series. He created the idea for the stories when writing letters home to his children while serving in the British army during World War I to avoid filling his letters with the atrocities or boredom of war.