101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140340341
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 147,711
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dorothy Gladys "Dodie" Smith (1896-1990) is a beloved children's book author whose works continue to entertain children to this day. Her best known works are I Capture the Castle and The 101 Dalmatians, which was adapted into an animated motion picture classic by Disney, entitled One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Date of Birth:

May 3, 1896

Date of Death:

November 24, 1990

Place of Birth:

Whitefield, Lancashire, England

Place of Death:

Uttlesford, Essex, England


Academy of Dramatic Art, 1914

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The 101 Dalmatians: 101 Dalmatians Series, Book 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is fun to read over and over! My favorite part is where they are trying to escape from the de Vil mansion and the Cadpig walked out backwards so she could watch the tv to the very last moment before leaving. The Disney movie doesn't catch the humor and joy of this book. A classic book that should not be missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book over and over and over when I was a kid. My copy was taped together. I was excited to see this available but was afraid I wouldn't enjoy it and that my memories would let me down. No fear! This book is still delightful for an adult audience. There is much humor and fun in the dogs. The Disney version can't compare to the original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
FANTASTIC!!!!!EXELLENT!!!!!SUPERP!!!!! When I saw the Disney movie when I was a little, I was enthralled. Back then I had no idea that the book existed, and when I got my hands on it, I was even more enchanted. I was even a little mad at the movie makers; the book was SO much better and it was changed so the movie would seem better. So that's my little speech on DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS MOVIE. The original book is way better, and you'll see why when you read it. I highly recommend it!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite childhood book, a loving and thrilling story that will capture one's imagination. Please beware of the hacked-up version from Disney, this novel is the one to read, children and adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for every animal lover. The movie has nothing on this story. It is rich and full of life as Dobie Smith weaves an intricate tale of love, life, and loyalty to family. As in every rich story, the villain allows you to hate her and be glad she gets her just rewards. You will cheer, sit on the edge of your seat, and pull along as the Pongos make new friends.
Canis-Familiaris-Lover More than 1 year ago
The 101 Dalmatians contains a lovable pair of Dalmatian parents as they set out on a difficult and exhausting quest to rescue their fifteen pups from the evil clubs of Cruella. The book is full of exicting events that keep you on the edge of your seat, the writing of a great author, and even some funny happenings that will make you laugh out loud! I highly enjoyed this book from begining to end, and, (if you read it), I hope you do too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great condition! Will buy from this vendor again! Thanks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After having read this book as a child, and having seen the movie as an adult, I was thrilled to find that I could obtain the original story still. It seems odd to talk about character development about dogs, yet Dodie Smith gives Pongo and Missis true personalities and makes of them believable, helping to make the book a true joy to read. It's a wonderful book, and it leaves the movie in the dust.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, it's a classic to me. Well written & a delight to read. Disney's movie was fun, too.
MsNikki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The world is run by dogs, and we humans only exist to pamper them.
bookworm12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The main reason I wanted to read this one is because it¿s written by the author of I Capture the Castle, which I love. Pongo and Missis, a married pair of Dalmatians have a litter of 15 puppies that are kidnapped. Using the Twilight Bark system to contact dogs all over England, they search for their missing pups. It was interesting to see the differences between this original story and the Disney adaptation (which I watched about a million times when I was little). The main two dogs are Pongo and Missis, Perdita is a completely different dog. When Missis has a huge litter, the owners decide to find a foster mother (Perdita) to help nurse the puppies. Also, Pongo¿s master works in the financial industry, as opposed to being a musician. Obviously, finance isn¿t as conducive to an animated musical as being a song writer is. I was surprised that Cruella De Vil is described almost exactly as she appears in the film, all the way down to her hair, half black and half white. I¿m so glad I read this after getting a dog. It was a lot more fun to hear how the dogs think while picturing my own pup. I love Pongo thinking about how he ¿owns¿ his human, instead of vice versa. He comments on how sometimes the humans were so clever they were almost canine. Read this if you loved the movie and are in the mood for a sweet story. It¿s not complicated or trying, it¿s just a good little story. I also think it¿d be a perfect book to read aloud to your kids or nieces and nephews.
rarararassberry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was over all pretty good. This book is about two dalmations who had 101 babies, and this mean old nasty lady comes in and steals every single puppy. When Cueralla came in, she had two boys with her and helped her to steal every single puppy. She wants those puppies because she can ake her fur coats with the dog fur. That is really mean of her. Then later the dog couples found out and they tried tosave the puppies. At the end they have managed to save the puppies and the nasty old lady and her two servants crashed into a large ditch because they slipped on the ice.
TimothyBurke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A simple comment by way of review: if you've seen the movie, and think you know the book, you ought to think again. The book is considerably more charming, more English, both sweeter and sharper than the original animated film (or the later live action versions).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a charming little book.
anastasiaoa More than 1 year ago
I had been looking for this book along time and I finally found it so I can read it to my sisters children. Recommendable for anybody who loves dogs.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Fun Book on Which the Disney Classic is Based   It’s a double wedding for Pongo and Missis and their pet Mr. and Mrs. Dearly.  The new couples are settling in to their life in London, and even more exciting, Missis is expecting puppies.   However, the newlyweds are living down the street from Cruella de Vil, an old school mate of Mrs. Dearly.  Cruella loves furs so much she actually married a furrier.  And after seeing Pongo and Missis, she’s decided that a Dalmatian coat would be lovely.  So when the puppies go missing soon after they are born, Pongo suspects he knows who stole them.  But can they find them in time?   This is the book that inspired Disney’s movie of the same name, and if you’ve seen the movie, you have a broad outline of the story.  Obviously, there are some difference (Perdita plays a different part in the book, for example), but there is much to enjoy.  The characters are good and the plot moves along quickly.   The biggest change for me is in the humor.  While the movie’s humor is broad and slapstick, the book is more subtle and more focused on how dogs see the world versus how we do.  It was amusing and fun.   So if you are a fan of the movie, I recommend picking up this book and enjoying the first version of this classic story.
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101 Dalmatians is a heart warming book that follows Pongo and Missus on their journey to find their missng pups, which have supposedly been kidnapped, or should l say puppynapped, by the evil Cruella DeVil. This is a wonderful book with action, suspense, and alittle romance.
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This is a great book I have been looking for this book for 30 years. It is not in print anymore that i have found. It is one of the reasons that I purchased a NOOK Tablet.
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laini brannan More than 1 year ago
i enjoy reading books about dogs and hope that you would too. hope enjoy it too.