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101 Dalmatians (Puffin story books) (original 1956; edition 1989)

by Dodie Smith

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Title:101 Dalmatians (Puffin story books)
Authors:Dodie Smith
Info:Puffin (1989), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 184 pages
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The One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith (1956)


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Fun read, even though it occasionally smacks of sexism. ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
Classic English childrens story, told from the point of view of dogs who have to save their puppies from a fur farm.

I was so surprised by how much I remembered of this book. So much I love, Nanny Butler in her suit and apron, and the way Perdita is welcomed in and relationships with Pongo and Missus worked out.

Be aware that the suck fairy has not entirely passed it by, the chapter with the gypsies speaking in their 'strange gypsy language' who 'sometimes steal valuable dogs' was a little uncomfortable to read to kids. And Missus is not bright, but is sweet and kind, and loved for her sweet nature - on one hand it's probably good that not all heros have to be geniuses, but it's hugely gendered in a way that's problematic. ( )
  atreic | Apr 5, 2017 |
I'm sorry to have missed my book group's gathering. It would have helped I'm sure. I did appreciate the artwork (not Disney's). I liked the way the dogs got their revenge and prevented the de Vil's from continuing their quest. I really didn't like that Missus was so stupid (too much of the dumb blonde for me). Fun to think about the twilight barking news feed. I was glad to read the original story apart from the ubiquitous Disney version. I look forward to hearing from the Vintage Book Circle about what they liked. From email it sounds like most really enjoyed the book. ( )
1 vote njcur | Dec 16, 2016 |
This book was about a happy couple, Mr and Mrs Dearly, and their two dogs, who were married, Pongo and Missis. The two dogs had puppies, fifteen puppies. Cruella de Vil, a lady who lives quite near the Dearlys, stole the darling pups one day, with help from the Budden brothers, Soul Budden and Jasper Budden.

But why? Oh, I'll tell you why. It's because that Cruella de Vil wanted to skin the poor pups for fur coats. Apparently, she'd 'never thought of skinning dogs' till a few days before she stole the pups...

Do you think that Pongo and Missis will be in type to save the pups? ( )
  LaviniaRossetti | Sep 6, 2016 |
I've loved the Disney movie based on this book for a long time (even as a small child, anything featuring dogs was a sure winner with me). But somehow I missed out on reading the book until now. I'm sorry not to have read it as a child, because I would have loved it, too. Disney didn't stray too far from the main story in this case, though a few details were altered and a couple of characters were conflated -- for example, in the book Pongo's wife and Perdita are two different dogs! A few bits of the story feel rather dated, particularly the parts featuring Pongo's wife, who's very much the 1950's ideal little woman in canine form, but it's not enough to put me off of the book. If you're a fan of the movie, or of dog stories with happy endings (I think is not too much of a spoiler to say, 101+ dogs and none of them die!), this is a pleasant little read. ( )
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Dooling, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Not long ago, there lived in London a young married couple of Dalmation dogs named Pongo and Missis Pongo.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140340343, Paperback)

The book that inspired the animated movie classic!

When Dearly's Dalmatians have their first litter of pups—fifteen in all—everyone is delighted. But their joy is shortlived, for the pups are kidnapped! Scotland Yard is baffled, but the keenest canine minds are on the case—and on the trail of Cruella de Vil, the most fiendish person to ever covet a fur coat.

Pongo and Missis would give everything they have to bring their puppies safely home... but will they succeed in rescuing them from the cluthes of the evil Cruella de Vil?

"A tale full to overflowing with those prime requisites of a good story—warmth and humor, imagination and suspense."—Chicago Sunday Tribune

"Superb reading. The puzzle of the hundred and one is delightful.... Highly recommended."—SLJ

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Pongo the Dalmatian and his wife Missis undertake a daring expedition to rescue their fifteen puppies from the clutches of the vicious Cruella de Vil.

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