Mr Ape

Abandoned by his bossy wife and children, kind-hearted old Mr Ape finds himself living all alone in his huge and rambling house. Until he has a brilliant idea: he can fill the place with animals, the pets his wife and children would never let him have. But pets have a habit of increasing, and soon every room is stuffed to the brim with donkeys, dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits – even two new human friends who need a place to stay. There’s simply no more room! Something has to change… A wonderfully funny and touching animal story from master writer Dick King-Smith.

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  • This is a very touching book. I love all the characters, especially Uncle Bob the parrot

    6 March 2014

  • I like this book because there’s lots of animals in it and it’s nice how Mr Ape has them all living in his house.

    3 March 2011

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    Dick King-Smith

    Dick King Smith is the much-loved author of ‘farmyard fantasy’ books like the award-winning The Sheep-pig. He died in January 2011.


    Dick has won many awards including The Guardian Fiction Award 1984 for The Sheep Pig, the Children’s Author of The Year 1992 and The Children’s Book Award 1995 for Harriet The Hare.

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