The Hundred and One Dalmatians

The Hundred and One Dalmatians

Book - 1989
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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
Publisher: New York : Puffin Books, 1989, c1984
ISBN: 9780140340341
0140340343
Branch Call Number: J PB S
Characteristics: 184 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Dooling, Michael
Alternative Title: 101 dalmatians

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GrammaJean
Aug 05, 2017

This was one of my favorite books as a child. I picked it up after having seen the original Disney animated movie in the theater. I much preferred the book! I checked it out of the library many times and reread it over and over I loved the characters so much and loved the adventure they had. When I had kids of my own, I read it aloud to them and they loved it as well. I just checked it out again for myself, ( I am 64 years old!) and to see if it would be good to read to my granddaughter. I found that I remembered almost all of the scenes and details and loved them just as much now. There are some dated concepts, such as Missis Pongo not being able to count, not getting the concept of left and right, and Pongo's strength being masculine. But I will skip over those parts as I read it to my "little girl" since she is very strong and loves to count! Or explain that this is a very old book and people (and dogs) used to have some ideas that were just not true. If you love dogs and adventure, or even if you love cats as I do, this is a wonderful book to read aloud to the children in your life.

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VV12
Jan 08, 2016

Unlike most of Disney's source material, which tend to be at least a little darker or more mature than their movie adaptations, 101 Dalmations is just as sweet and endearing as the film. It sort of gives the impression of someone telling a child a story which they are making up as they go along. A light, humorous, and satisfying read.

terriercat Jun 02, 2015

I didn't believe it at first when people told me this book was better than both the live action and cartoon versions of the movie. As a longtime fan of both movies with the cartoon being my favorite, I didn't think it could get any better.
At this point in time I feel that I should point out that I almost never would read a book if I had seen the movie already. The reason is that when the movies feature the exact same story as the book I get bored because I don't like rereading books and even though I haven't done this it feels like I have. Strangely this does not hold true in reverse. I love watching movies after I have read the books.
Anyway, this book felt very different from either movie. While the main story is closest in the live action version, the fact that the dog's language to each other is understood and in the live action movie the dog's don't "talk", the cartoon is much closer here, but the book features more humor, characters, and a few other storyline elements not seen in either movie that make it more enjoyable. There is also a couple of character name switches that took place when the book went to film. One big thing, that was confusing for me at first, was that in the movie the two parent dog's are Pongo and Perdita, and while Pongo and Perdita are both characters in the book, Pongo and Perdita are not the married dog's in this book. Pongo is married to a dog called Missus and Perdita is a different Dalmatian.
Before reading this book I had read the original sequel to 101 Dalmatians, The Starlight Barking, and had really loved that book. In fact I like the sequel more than both this first book, and either of the sequels Disney came up with for their movie versions.
Based off the fact that I loved the sequel and enough people told me the book was different from both movie versions, I decided to give this book a try and was really glad that I did!

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