Doctor Dolittle’s Post Office is the third of Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle books. Set on the West Coast of Africa, the book follows the episodic format of most other books in the series. In the beginning of the book, Doctor Dolittle helps to capture a slave trader’s ship, then organizes the postal service of a small African kingdom, Fantippo, ruled over by King Koko. The postal program grows into a worldwide postal and publishing service for the benefit of animals everywhere.
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.