|Genre||Humorous talking animal|
|No. of books||25|
Timbuctoo is a series of 25 children's books, written and illustrated by Roger Hargreaves, better known for his Mr. Men and Little Miss series. It was published from 1978 to 1979, with selected reprints in 1993 and 1999. The books tell the stories of a group of animals, each of whom is named after the sound that their particular animal makes. An animated series (produced by Flicks Films and Carlton International) of Timbuctoo was shown on CITV which ran from 9 January 1998 to 5 January 2000, narrated by Ronnie Corbett.
The original set of 25 books named after their main character were published in 1978 and 1979, along with board books, shaped story books and three Timbuctoo Annuals. In 1999 eight of the books were reprinted with new illustrations to promote the television show, along with a new character, Bray.
The first twelve books were also published in Dutch, and the eight 1999 versions published in Greek.
Four of the books (Woof, Trumpet, Buzz and Oink) were republished in 1993.
There was also a set of Timbuctoo Shape Books released, including Oink, Neigh, Growl, Roar, Squeak, Trumpet, Cluck and Puff.
Bray was an additional character created and written by Roger's son Adam. This was because standard TV series are often produced in 13 or 26 episode series and an additional character was required to reach 26 episodes. Eight of the original books were reprinted in 1999, with new illustrations, to accompany the TV series. While Bray was listed on the back cover along with the rest of the cast, only Buzz, Cluck, Growl, Meow, Neigh, Oink, Snap and Trumpet were reprinted.
|Genre||Children's Television Series|
|Created by||Roger Hargreaves|
|Voices of||Ronnie Corbett|
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||5 minutes|
|Original release||9 January 1998 –|
16 April 1999
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