The One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

Published August 10, 2021

The One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

Book info

  • Title The One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • Author Dodie Smith
  • Year 1956
  • Genre Childrens

Cruella de Vil is enough to frighten the spots off a Dalmatian puppy. So when she steals a whole family of them, the puppies’ parents, Pongo and Missus, lose no time in mounting a daring rescue mission. Will they be in time to thwart Cruella’s evil scheme, or have they bitten off more than they can chew?


Having watched Cruella, and previously seen the movies, I figured it was worth having a look at the source material, so read through this one quite quickly. It’s a bit weird, from the dog’s point of view, but once you get into it, it flows well. I quite liked it. Going through many adventures to get there and back, I can see why this book captured a lot of imaginations. What I don’t understand is how the Cruella from the origin story movie becomes this fur-hungry monster, but hey, things evolve!

Rating: 3 / 5

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