It’s been a while since my last Newbery roundup by year, so I figured it was about time to move on to 1923! In 1923, the second year the Newbery award was given, there were no honor books. Thus, the medal winner listed below is the only 1923 Newbery book in existence.
Medal Winner: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle; Hugh Lofting
What a famous book this is, and how many movies have been made from this plot! This book is pretty interesting and unusual. It’s the second in the Doctor Dolittle series, which had at least ten sequels. If you know anything about Doctor Dolittle, you probably know the gist of the plot. Doctor Dolittle can speak to animals, and he goes on a voyage with Tommy Stubbins in order to find the greatest naturalist in the world.
It’s a fun book, but like many of the early Newbery winners, it’s not one that has stuck with me. (Plus, in the early editions of this book, there are some regrettably racist terms–so be careful if you give this one to your kids!)
Rating: Good but Forgettable