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Abandoned by his bossy wife and children, rich old Mr Ape finds himself living all alone in his huge and rambling house. And then he gets a brilliant idea: he can fill the house with animals, the pets his wife and children would never let him have. But pets have a habit of increasing and increasing, and soon every room is stuffed to the brim with creatures – a donkey, 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… The wonderfully funny and touching story of an eccentric, kind-hearted old man and his animal friends.

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Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

Date published

December 31st, 1994

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.5; Middle years; 3.0 points




Dick King-Smith

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  1. fantasticmissfox
    on 6 March 2014

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

  2. Lolaloo1
    on 3 March 2011

    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.